Developing a Biblical Philosophy of Education
Many Christians have been educated through government schools or by teachers who were educated in government schools. As a result, many may need to rethink their ideas about education and the traditional models of education. To make sure parents view education biblically, they can compare what the Bible says about the spiritual training of children with their own ideas. The answers to the following questions may aid in understanding the biblical doctrine on education:
What is the purpose of education?
- Is education merely the process of gaining knowledge and developing the mind, or does it involve more?
- Should education prepare children for a specific job in life, or should it teach them how to live and work?
- Does education include learning proper conduct in life’s circumstances and instilling values and morals that enable an individual to distinguish between what is right and what is wrong?
- Although academics are an important element of education, should not the spiritual training and character development of children be of primary importance?
- What are your educational goals for your child or children?
- Do you want them to view life and the world around them through the lens of Scripture?
- Do you want them to develop a love for and a positive attitude about learning?
- Do you want them to become life-long learners?
- Do you want them to be able to learn without a teacher and be independent self-starters?
Education is not religiously neutral. It is either based on sound biblical truth or it is based on a secular foundation. To build a sound Christian educational program, the foundation for that program must be a biblical worldview. A worldview is the lens through which an individual views his world and makes sense of what he sees and hears. A biblical worldview should always cause a person to search the Scriptures and to ask, “What does the Bible say about this issue? What does God want me to do?”
Building a biblical view of education is a prerequisite for parents as they make educational decisions for children. Generally, teaching from a Christian worldview is more easily accomplished with curriculum materials written from a biblical foundation or from a Christian publisher. However, since many materials from secular sources can also be used successfully in a campus Christian school or Christian home school, it is vitally important for the parent or teacher to have a well-developed Christian worldview.
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