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Notes for Prospective Students
PHILOSOPHY ON EDUCATION AND CURRICULUM Our primary means by
which we will accomplish our mission of "Equipping children today
to become God's leaders tomorrow" is the Classical Christian
methodology as defined by Dorothy Sayers in her essay,
"The Lost Tools of Learning," and expounded upon in Doug
Wilson's book, Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning.
we intend to use the teaching methodology listed in The Seven Laws
of Teaching, by John Milton Gregory.
Simultaneously, we will
accomplish our Mission Statement by combining rigorous academics
with Godly standards of conduct and compassion.
This can primarily
be accomplished through dedicated Christian parents who entrust the
education of their children to teachers who are devoted to prayer,
and passionate about instilling Christ-centered knowledge into the
In Sayer's essay, she states, "Is it not the
great defect of our education today that although we often succeed
in teaching our pupils "subjects," we fail lamentably on the whole
in teaching them how to think? They learn everything, except the
art of learning. " Learning is far more than memorizing
A true education should include the people (real or
literary); not just their names and birth dates, but their ideas,
passions, emotions, accomplishments, and shortcomings.
involve constructive arguments and debates, with an opportunity to
express one's opinions in light of the facts.
Science class should
be a hands-on experience of the incredible universe in which God
has placed us, while math should involve critical thinking and
problem-solving skills that are increasingly absent in today's
educational world of teaching the test.
Education is a gift from
our Creator that He expects us to use in our quest to know Him, and
His plan for humanity, more intimately.
Learning should be seen as
a privilege, but far too often, school is nothing short of drudgery
for the average student.
Many times, this can be explained through
the fact that we do not understand the needs of those we teach.
Gregory's book, he says, "It is as needful that the teacher shall
clearly understand the child as it is that the child shall
understand the teacher. " God has placed in each child an
innate desire to learn.
But that child's nature usually rejects
education that is contrary to his human makeup.
Gregory adds, "The
mind cannot refuse to heed that which appeals with power to the
Whatever is novel and curious, beautiful, grand, or sublime
in mass or motion; whatever is brilliant, strange, or charming in
color or combination - the eye fastens and feeds upon these, and
the mind comes at its bidding to enjoy and protract the feast."