Will your child grow up loving God and loving people? How will they view culture, politics, hardships and material wealth? How will the interpret all they face in life? It all depends on worldview. For the Christian family, teaching a Christian worldview is paramount in the educational process. It undergirds everything else that is taught. It is one of the main reasons Christian education is so vitally important.
What is a worldview?
A worldview is the composite of all the beliefs and assumptions that direct how a person views life and, therefore, how a person chooses to live. Our most important beliefs relate to God. If people believe that God is merciful and gracious, that leads them to seek a relationship with God. If they believe that their god or “god-like important idea,” like evolution, is indifferent or cruel, they do not seek a relationship, but seek to appease that god or to find relief or happiness in something else.
A worldview has innumerable other components:
“Worldview” is not just an abstract philosophical topic. It is practical. It makes a difference every day. A worldview does not just affect your child; in a very real sense it is your child. That last statement seems a little extreme, but I am not the first to say it. Proverbs 23:7 says, “As he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”
Our “heart” is the seat of the thoughts (Genesis 6:5), the emotions (Genesis 6:6), and the will (Daniel 1:8). The heart is the place of belief and unbelief (Romans 10:9; Psalm 14:1). The biblical word heart is very much related to the word worldview. Thoughts, beliefs, and emotions shape the will, and the will is manifested in how we choose to live. God commands, “Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23). Certainly, parents are charged to protect the hearts of their children. This is the essence of shaping their developing worldview.
What does an individual’s worldview affect?
OK, not quite everything, but most of the important things in life. Here are a few important areas that will be affected by your child’s worldview:
Jerry Wass, biblical counselor and Christian school administrator, says that you know that you have succeeded as a parent when you see your children raising their children for the Lord. Raising them “for the Lord” means helping them to develop a biblical worldview.
How is a worldview developed?
A worldview is not something that a child receives on his or her eighteenth birthday. It is forged one interaction at a time, starting before the child even understands words. By the age of five, the basic ideas are set, but they are continually being developed in further detail and revised by new input. There is a major time of reevaluation beginning in the teen years and continuing through the early 20’s. This is the time when the capacity for higher-level reasoning is coming to maturity. The individual reevaluates many of his or her assumptions about life and either solidifies them as his or her own or rejects them. This is a crucial time in each person’s life.
How does Eagle Heights Christian School help you shape your child’s worldview?
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The home is the primary institution for building Christian worldview. Ephesians 6 and Colossians 3 discuss the nurturing of children in the context of family. God works through His established lines of authority.
The church is also established directly by God “for the perfecting of the saints . . . unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 6: 12-13). These “saints” include the children of the congregation.
But parents are allowed to call in helpers to the task. The main point of Galatians 4 is that the Old Testament law was designed to teach us our need for God’s grace. However, it makes that point by an analogy which assumes that the role of the “school teacher” is right and proper:
Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.
Eagle Heights Christian school will help you develop in your child a Christian worldview that will stand in this age which attacks those principles from every side. Here’s how:
Eagle Heights Christian School exists for no other reason than to help parents train up their children in God’s way. That is, we are here to help you develop a Christian worldview in your child.
We would enjoy being a partner with you in developing a Christian worldview for your children. Contact us for a visit. You can also download our Christian School Selection Guide below which will help you ask the right questions as you visit various school options.
Textbooks can change your child's thinking for better or for worse.
The term curriculum is often used interchangeably with the term textbooks. When asked what curriculum is used, the reply will often include the name of a textbook publisher. However, curriculum is so much more. The curriculum of a school includes the educational objectives or “standards” of that school and all of the means used to meet those objectives, of which textbooks are only one part. The curriculum includes field trips, special projects, guest speakers, assessment tools and methods, and teacher-specific management activities such as reading groups, learning centers, journaling, peer-tutoring, mentoring, and so much more. All of these methods are purposefully planned to achieve the goals set forth by the school board and administration. In most cases, the textbooks chosen are just the backbone. Teachers create the nerve system that carries the message to the individual parts (students) and causes them to work.
This is not to say that textbooks aren’t important. They are very important, and are an accurate expression of the educational ideologies of the school. Textbooks guide teachers in their understanding of what is expected and keeps consistency in grade-level expectations, preparing students for the next grade. Textbooks contain most of the written material that comprises the overall curriculum, so it is important that they are biblically-integrated, giving Christian teachers the greatest opportunity to teach a biblical worldview thoroughly and consistently.
Deciding Curriculum Since curriculum is so much more than choosing the best publisher for specific subject areas, the freedom that Christian schools enjoy in choosing their curriculum is one of the most important things to consider when deciding between Christian schools and public schools.
Who is deciding the curriculum in public schools? More and more, in recent years, it is policymakers and wealthy foundations whose humanistic ideals compel them to seek to reform a broken system. The only problem is, they are “looking at schools from an altitude of 20,000 feet and seeing them as objects to be moved around by big ideas and great plans.” This quote comes from a book by Diane Ravitch, educational historian and former assistant secretary of education, titled The Death and Life of the Great American School System (2010). Although Ravitch is advocating for the rescue of the public school system (not advocating for private schools), she provides great insights into the inner-workings of educational policy and reform. She gives this enlightening description,
A policymaker . . . is required to plan for the future and make bets about a course of action that is likely to bring about improvements. Policymakers have a theory of action, even if they can’t articulate it, and they implement plans based on their theory of action, their guess about how the world works. . . . Instead of dealing with rancorous problems like how to teach reading or how to improve testing, one can redesign the management and structure of the school system and concentrate on incentives and sanctions. One need not know anything about children or education (p. 11).
More recently, Ravitch wrote a blog post, voicing her concerns over the Common Core State Standards, the latest “theory of action” brought about by policymakers and wealthy foundations:
The Common Core standards have been adopted in 46 states and the District of Columbia without any field test. They are being imposed on the children of this nation despite the fact that no one has any idea how they will affect students, teachers, or schools. We are a nation of guinea pigs, almost all trying an unknown new program at the same time (Read more ).
Thankfully, most Christian schools are not in a position to be dictated to because of the fear of loss of funding. Most Christian schools have proven that tried-and-true, traditional methods of teaching still work. A good Christian school will stay abreast of current research and continually seek to improve their methodologies, but will stay above the fray. They have the freedom to make choices that are best for their students, teachers, and community.
Curriculum as a Means to an End
Most Christian parents would agree that the purpose of raising children is to reach their hearts with the message of salvation and to train them to serve God with their whole hearts and lives. The best way to prepare them for a life of service is to fill their toolbox with every tool at your disposal so that when God calls them to do something, the basic tools are there. The Christian parent whose main concern is that their child love God with their whole heart may not care if that child grows up to be a janitor or a homemaker—noble professions which don’t require a high level of education—as long as they love and serve God; but what if God has gifted that child and wants to use him or her as a physicist or state senator—no more noble than the previous professions, but requiring a higher level of education—for His glory? It’s not up to you to decide what God will call them to do one day. It is up to you to give them the best education possible so that when He does call them, they can take the next step.
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