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The Future of Christian Schooling - CACE

Posted by Bela Franklin on October 01, 2014 @ 1:52 PM

Tim Weins, Head of School at Delaware County Christian School, has written an excellent article for CACE (Center for the Advancement of Christian Education) about what lies ahead for Christian education.  Weins shows true insight in unpacking the past of Christian education in America in order to more clearly consider its present and its future.  It’s important to understand that true Christian education is not just a title, but it is a commitment to full emersion and pursuit of Jesus Christ, His identity, and His Word.  The success of Christian education hinges not on the number of schools that carry a Christian title, but on the lives that are effectively equipped to think and act within culture and the workplace with full devotion to the Gospel.  Schools that do this are of great value!

“When we as schools fail to provide a Gospel-centric education that enables students to think broadly, to understand their place in this world, and to engage the world of ideas, we fail to provide a legitimate reason for our alumni to send their children to our schools years later, let alone prepare them to lead Christianly as civic leaders, business men and women, and future educators tomorrow. When we refuse to teach about evolution (I am not suggesting that anyone must believe it, though many Christo-centric believers do subscribe to an old earth or to a theistic evolutionary perspective on creation), when we fail to provide a deep understanding of literature (Dante to Shakespeare to Angelou), when we fail to ensure our students have a proper understanding of history (both Christian and secular historians have improperly rewritten history), and when we fail to ensure our students understand that Christ is woven into the warp and woof of all learning (there can therefore be no separation of the sacred and the secular!), we fail to prepare them to find truth and beauty in the written word, in the winsome and loving disagreement with a fellow learner, and in the wonder of all of God’s creation.

Herein lies the fate of the Christian school. I believe that those who can engage the life of the mind and provide an education that enables students to become fully integrated Christians stand a better chance of survival – finances and government notwithstanding."

Head over to the CACE website to read this great article - http://cace.org/the-future-of-christian-schooling/

 

 

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Big Ideas to Consider:

1. There are basically two kingdoms: a kingdom of light and a kingdom of darkness. It seems strange to have those who walk in darkness educate children of light. It doesn't fit.

2. If Jesus Christ is Lord, then He is Lord of all. We cannot divide things into secular and sacred.

3. All truth is God's truth, and God's Word sheds light on our path. Only in His light can we see light. Education is not focused on possibilities but on certainties found in God's Word.

4. Deuteronomy 6 tells parents that, in all they do, they should provide a godly education 24/7.

5. Three key institutions that shape a child are the home, the church and the school. Children are served best when all three institutions point them in the same direction.

6. Only an education that has the liberty to address the whole child -- social, intellectual, emotional, physical AND spiritual -- reaches the possibility of excellence.

7. The best preparation for effective service is to be well grounded in one's mind before direct engagement of the culture.