To Love God with All One’s Heart Soul and Strength: a Christian Philosophy of Education

I recently had to summarize my approach to education for a class; here is the paper that resulted. Using Jeff Greenman’s nine components of learning as the structural framework, I develop in this paper my own philosophy of education, employing a hypothetical school of ministry located in Vancouver to elucidate it in a concrete setting. Two Appendices follow the main paper, the first giving a brief sketch of the Christian worldview and the second presenting my approach to the relationship of Christ and culture (Christians and the World).

 

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Jay Adam’s Constructive Criticism of Christian Schools

“Even the most casual survey of the history of modern Christian education shows plainly that Christian schools, on all levels, are little more than spruced up adaptations of the pagan schools down the block. The presuppositions, goals, objectives, methods, curricula, subject areas, materials, etc., with very little (and usually very superficial) change, have been brought over and Christianized. The trouble is that something that in all of its essentials is still at bottom fundamentally pagan cannot be transformed by Christianizing it. Paganism festooned with Christian accouterments is paganism still. Decking out Christian schools with prayer, Bible reading, a Bible course or two, Christian slogans (‘All truth is God’s truth’; ‘We must learn math for God’s glory’) will not do the trick.”
– Jay Adams