The Goal of Christian Education
The goal of Christian education is to raise a generation of young people committed to the Lord Jesus Christ and knowledgeable in whole council of God. Through the framework of a Christian worldview, students are shown the value of all of the wonders of God’s creation. Each subject taught is to be brought into this framework. Mathematics shows the order of God’s working. Science demonstrates the handiwork of God and declares His glory throughout the universe (Ps 19:1-3, Ps 24:1). History shows us the working of God in lives of men and events in all ages and time. The study of language grants us the ability to communicate the truths of God to a lost world desperately in need of a saving gospel. Even through simple classroom rules and procedures we teach submission to authority and love for one another.
The Agents of Christian Education
Christian education first begins in the home. God has given parents the responsibility to raise their children in the in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Eph 6:4). Parents are to take the primary role in their child’s learning experience (Deut 6, Pr 13:1, Pr 15:5, Pr 1:8, Pr 22:6).
The role of a Christian school is to aid and assist what is already being taught at the home. The Christian school is, therefore, to be an extension of the home. In partnership with parents, a school ought to pass on godly values and Biblical admonition in addition to offering each student a challenging academic program.
Christian school teachers are to work with the students trusted to their care. They are to view their vocation as a ministry to the Lord. In seeking to instill Biblical truth, they are to model this truth in their own lives and conduct, serving as a proper example to be followed (Pr 23:26, I Tim 4:15). Constant and detailed communication with parents should be maintained in respect of their authority.
The Method of Christian Education
The goal of each classroom is to establish an atmosphere conducive to learning. This is done primarily through discipline. Rules, procedures and orders must be clearly communicated to each student and consistently maintained (1Co 14:40). Any obstacles and distractions from instruction must be avoided at all times. Every child should have an equal opportunity to learn.
From time to time, punishment for those in disobedience is needed. Punishment is to serve as a warning and a deterrent. Punishment is not in end in itself, but is used for the purpose of restoring one to proper behavior. In a Christian atmosphere, teachers should not merely look for outward conformity to rules, but should seek to determine where each student is spiritually. Misbehavior is often a sign of an inward problem. Only through Jesus Christ can the needs of both the inward and outward man be addressed.
In every situation, teachers ought to look for opportunities to show the love, mercy and grace of our Heavenly Father.