Greetings. I am Mark Stanton; and, I come to you from East Central Pennsylvania in the Lehigh Valley. If I may, I would like to take a few minutes to welcome you and thank you for listening to our chats. We hope to build a library of conversations with education professionals, students, and others that would be of interest to anyone with children school age, educators, and those who have an interest in ensuring that the next generation is equipped with everything they need to impact the world in a positive way.
As an educator. Rather, a Christian educator, I ask the question- What’s the difference? Why have a Christian school when there are highly rated public schools and high achieving preparatory schools nearby? What is, or should be, the difference if any, in a Christian school? What is different about the learning process in a Christian school? What is different in the outcomes desired of a Christian school? What is the difference in the Christian school? All of these question must be asked in any educational setting if it is going to claim being a Christian school. What do you think the difference should be?
I have come to discover that Christian education is more than just being a Christian in a school. But, what is it? What is that difference? There seem to be some fundamental things that set a truly Christian school apart (I would like to believe above) other types of school choice.
Primarily, I would say that a Christian school must follow biblical principles. One principle, as it says in Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. This is a hefty principle. I am sure we can pull quite a bit out of this passage. What I see mostly is that God wants us, if we claim to be a follower of Christ, to be different from the secular and He wants us to engage our thinking. Christian thinking is a foundational difference in a Christian life and a Christian school. And, through this process of Christian thinking we can create something that is good and beneficial.
To live this difference, the Christian school, sees itself as having the ability to help students see the world in its fullness, which is a very large topic in and of its self. However, often this thinking difference is called a Worldview. Which simply is a view of the world, perspective or framework for thinking. And, for Christian thinking it would be a Christian worldview. Therefore, the Christian school sees its task as helping students engage in thinking that is different, godly if I may. Essentially the thinking should be in a manner that evaluates and analyzes each and every content, subject or skill in a way that enables the learner to create something that is pleasing and beneficial. A Christian would consider anything that ultimately glorifies God is something that is pleasing or beneficial to society.
Undeniably, and hopefully unapologetically, the Christian school doubles down on the Christian teachings and biblical principles as the manner of building the best thinking framework. The Christian school educator sees this as the best way to a stronger, more resilient, and better human being.
Ultimately, the sum difference is that the Christian school has a program that embeds Christian perspective in every detail of the school’s program. The rest is figuring out what is the proper way of thinking about each detail. Easier said than done, right?
So when asked, what’s the difference? A Christian school and Christian educator says, It begins with thinking. Because, the way we think is the way we act. Christian education is worldview development, biblical principles training, and the means taken in a way to build Christ like character. Christian education seeks its ends or outcomes to be pleasing to God and demonstrate a love for him, his creation, and others.
As we continue to add to the library of conversations, we hope to share more about What the difference is in teaching, learning, and all that those entail should be.
Thank you for joining in the conversation. Next up we will be talking about the practicality of how biblical principles are infused. Come back to hear other chats that we will be posting in the future. This is Dr. Mark A. Stanton, Head of School and passionate educator.
If you would like to learn more about Christian education, contact, Salem Christian School at www. Salemchristian.org. Wherever you are we hope that you can Experience the difference within a Christian school.