We all have our reasons for choosing which path to take in life; however, if you’re wondering whether Christian-based education is right for your needs, you’re certainly not the first!
When schools, colleges, and universities operate on a Christian philosophy of education, it is beyond the everyday assignments. It is not just about Bible study and dress codes. Christian schools educate students on character-building skills and practical living knowledge. It covers all educational life aspects of students, including curriculum development for core subjects and character-building practices now or down the road – it’s a future-oriented view!
The objective of any school is to educate students about life, the world, and their purpose in it. Christian education aspires to teach children about the world created by God, the faith woven into each area of learning, and seeking purpose and meaning through God’s Will for our life.
The Christian Philosophy of Education
The mission and vision of Christian schools include many of the same academic standards and life-skill training as public schools. However, every element of the school promotes Christ-centered learning and living. The difference between a public and Christian school is in the basis of the curriculum and fulfillment of the social and emotional requirements of the students.
The academic curriculum of Christian schools is similar in complexity and thoroughness. The presentation of materials is integrated with the Bible, reaching across all content areas. From geography and science to relationship building and language arts, all topics are explored based on a detailed understanding of Biblical teachings.
Benefits of Christian Education
1. Christian education seeks to foster a consciousness of God in humans and a desire for building closer relations with Him.
2. It develops an understanding and gratitude of the teachings, personality, and life of Jesus, leading them to enhance personal experience.
3. Christian education pursues developing a progressive and continuous development of Christian character in growing persons.
Church, Home, School
Three-Legged Stool Metaphor
With the church congregation, the home, and the school, each representing a stool’s leg, we apply the concept of a three-legged stool to Christian education. If any of the legs breaks or is of a different length than the other, the chair will become unusable or uncomfortable.
If the three legs (church, home, and school) are balanced, the child will be able to view the world better and survive properly as a God’s Kingdom’s citizen. Of course, the first responsibility for the training is the home; the first teachers are the parents. It is essential to understand that each of the three institutions is directly responsible to God and therefore has no advantage over another.
All three institutions must evade training their youth in the direction of either the ordained ministry or religious. The Christian schools can’t own the youth by setting up activities that assume the roles of the church and home. The school is not responsible for a child’s salvation; neither is the church responsible for teaching science and geography. Similarly, the home should not leave the spiritual activities to the church.
Immanuel High School dedicated itself to providing Christian-based education with the motto, “Reject Evil. Do Good.”
The mission of IHS was to equip students in serving God based on a Christ-centered foundation.