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Philosophy of Education

The philosophy of Christian School Education for Alamance Christian School is grounded in the principles from God's Word that deal with the family and the training of children.

  I.   What is education?

  II.  Who is responsible for the education of children?

  III. Where does the Christian school fit into the education of children?

 

I. What is education?

 A. We tend to think of education as the imparting of knowledge; however, "the impartation of knowledge by others is but a part of education.

 Education is the systematic development and cultivation of the mind and other natural powers. It begins in the nursery, continues through  school, and also through life, whether we will or not." (Brittancia Dictionary)

 B. The philosophy, or "system of values and beliefs" of an institution or an individual will greatly influence "the systematic development and cultivation of the mind and other natural powers" of students by that institution or individual.

 C. Not only is knowledge imparted to the mind through education, but attitudes and values are also transferred through the curriculum, the learning environment and the teacher.

 

II. Who is responsible for the education of children?

A.      Fundamentally, parents are responsible before God for the training of their children.

B.      Specifically, fathers will be held accountable for what they teach or fail to teach their children.

C.      Fathers will be held accountable for what they allow others to teach their children. 

 

III. Where does the Christian school fit into the education of children?

A.       The essential function of the Christian school is to assist like-minded Christian parents in the liberal arts education of their children in the context of man's responsibilities to God as revealed in His Word.

B.      While an academic education from a Christian World View is possible, to the extent that an education from any world view is possible, the forming of godly character can only be realized when the student's own world view is changed through the new birth (I Cor. 2:14; II Timothy 3:15).

C.      Because restoration to God through Christ is vital, the Christian school should expose its students to the gospel (I Cor.  5:1-4) in simplicity and in truth (I Cor. 2:4,5) so that the Holy Spirit might use the Word of God to bring about His good pleasure in the life of each student.

 

 

Some misconceptions about Christian schools in general:

1. Christian schools can fulfill the parents responsibility before the Lord. (They can assist parents.)

2. Christian schools can offer spiritual, emotional and academic guarantees. (The student's spiritual condition, mental ability and effort play major roles in what can be accomplished. All schools offer opportunities, not guarantees.)

3. All children who attend a Christian school are Christians. (Some wise sons, some simple sons with a bent towards wisdom or scorning; scorners who privately mock the things of God through attitude and action; fools who openly mock the things of God. Cast out the scorner and contention will cease? The same would certainly hold true for fools, also.)

4. All Christian schools are alike. (They have distinctives just like churches and families do.)

  5. All parents who send their children to a Christian school have the same values. (Some focused, godly parents have to  "compromise" preferences for the sake of the whole group. Other parents, who merely want an academic education some spiritual overtones have to raise some of their standards in order to be part of the whole.)

  6. Christian school teachers are "Super Christians" who do not make mistakes in dealing with children. (Position does not guarantee piety. Christian school teachers must grow and change in their character and in their ability to minister to others.)

  7. Tuition payments buy academic and spiritual miracles. (Again, tuition purchases opportunities.)

8. Some opportunities that we try very hard to offer at ACS are in light of our philosophy of assistance to the homes of like-minded believers.

 

 

NOTE:  An unabridged version of our Philosophy of Christian Education can be acquired from the school upon request.