I’m reading a great book called Steppingstones to Curriculum: A Biblical Path. I know the title doesn’t seem too compelling. It probably wouldn’t make it to the New York Times Bestseller List, but for us teachers, it shares some great guiding truths.
We are sometimes asked to explain the distinctive characteristics of a Christian school education. There is a vast difference between a public and a Christian school approach to education. Here are a few of those distinctions as given in the book.
Christian school teachers need to:
*Confidently initiate their students into their cultural and Christian heritage. Using a supposedly neutral curriculum and adding a course in religious studies and occasional value discussion is not enough. Christian education is intentionally biblically based across the subjects.
*Encourage their students to grow in normal rational responsibility. They need to encourage their students to think critically and discerningly. This thinking takes place from a distinctively Christian worldview perspective. This worldview serves as an interpretive framework to help the students make sense of their world and their place in it.
*They teach with commitment since they want to teach for commitment. They model what they are attempting to teach. Their passion for their subject must be noticeable.
Christian educators have an incredible responsibility to touch the heart of the student with the truth of God’s Word. As we follow our objectives and teaching methodology, we must not lose sight of the greater task of presenting “why we live and what we want our students to become.”