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What a Christ-Centered Education IS…

August 22, 2013

From pre-school to post-secondary, this post highlights the uniqueness of a Christ-centered education. A Christ-centered edcuation IS…

Based upon a Christ-centered worldview

For a teacher, with whatever age group or subject in the curriculum, underlying their academic planning is the question, “How is character and nature of God and His plan of redemption demonstrated in this [subject matter]?” Whether it is the calculus and algorithms of Math 31 showing the intricate order and design of a planning God, or science classes considering the strengths of the creation hypothesis or the evolutionary hypothesis, or the grade K-3 student learning vocabulary and spelling and how communication and words matter to God, the content covered is a means to demonstrating the purposes and plans of the Triune God.

Consistent with the Bible

As students go through their schooling, they learn, even memorize, the Bible content and principles. As they mature and begin to question various aspects of Christian faith and practice, they are reminded, encouraged, and pushed to go back to the Bible and ask, “what principles of Scripture are important to this discussion?” If there are none, then they realize there is a measure of freedom. If there are relevant principles, students come to learn how to apply the principles from the biblical time to the 21st century context. When there are questions between a subject/discipline’s assertions and the general Christian view, students go back to the Bible and when in doubt, choose to hold views that are consistent with the biblical text, not defaulting to society’s opinion.

For example, one biblical principle is that parents hold the “ultimate” responsibility for their child’s education. While teachers and administrators may see significant benefits (or detractors) from a particular course of action in a student’s life and may offer gracious and godly council as Christian brothers/sisters, God’s Word is clear that parents are entrusted with the primary responsibility for the child’s life. A Christ-centered educational environment encourages parents in this responsibility. Educators should challenge parents’ misunderstandings or false assumptions about their child, his/her gifts and abilities, Christian walk or plans for the future. Yet ultimately, the parent is responsible under God for the student and school must not usurp that position.

*Recognizing legal implications of applying this principle, educators at the post-secondary level should also consider how this principle applies to young adults and their parents, assuring they hold the Biblical principle higher than human regulations, while still upholding the letter and spirit of the law.

WWJD?

While the WWJD? question and its “marketing” have been so overexposed that even using this heading seemed pathetic and trite, the reality is that in a Christ-centered educational environment, every decision really does come down to this answer. Administrators requiring a split second decision in a crisis situation look at the options from this perspective. Admissions officers considering potentially “at-risk” students, ask this question? They realize the biblical answer is more than a simple, “Jesus would give everyone a second chance” (that’s obviously true) because the Bible speaks on a multiplicity of topics relevant to the question that may impact an actual decision of whether a specific “at-risk” student will succeed in a given context. Sports coaches make decisions on team composition, leadership, practices and playing time on the answer to these questions.

Read the previous post A Christ-centered education is NOT…

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