A CHRISTIAN PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION
By John E. Russell
BIBLICAL VIEW OF EDUCATION
The learner is a spirit-being who possesses a soul (intellectual and
emotional faculties) and lives in a body. ".... May your whole spirit,
soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."
(1 Thessalonians 5:23, NIV).
Jesus of Nazareth is the Master Teacher and paradigmatic Self (Model). Students are to develop as Jesus did--spiritually, mentally, physically and socially. "And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men." (Luke 2:52). In this verse, WISDOM includes both moral and intellectual development. The word STATURE has to do with physical growth and development. The phrase IN FAVOR WITH GOD has to do with spiritual development. IN FAVOR WITH MEN has to do with social development.
Both parents and teachers are to be like Jesus who taught by precept
Curriculum includes the entire learning environment. The student learns through interacting with the Holy Spirit, the Bible, the teacher, the students, physical surroundings, and written curriculum (includes audio visual).
The primary written curriculum is the Bible (the Word of God), which
serves as the ultimate criterion for all other written curriculum. The
secondary curriculum is constructed from Biblical principles and content
with collective human experience under the headings of math, English, science,
social studies, word building and electives.
The method is God-centered, rather than man-centered. The focus is on
the student rather than the teacher or curriculum. The Holy Spirit leads
the whole process, guiding the interaction of the student with the Word
of God, the teacher, and the written curriculum (1) to form Christ within
the student and (2) to prepare the student for life.
The school derives its authority from the local church, of which it is an integral part. The Great Commission clearly states that the Church is to teach:
Parents have the primary responsibility to teach their own children:
The Social Policy
Justification corrects the student's relationship with God (vertical relationship). The new birth (Conversion) corrects the students relationship with himself (circular relationship). Revival, through the sanctification process, corrects the immediate relationship with family, church, and other groups (horizonal relationship). Reform for the United States is effected by the believer's influence in society--social order is reconstructed.
From Christian education philosophy we move logically towards a proper
set of training objectives for the student.
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