Devonport Christian School - What is Christian Education? http://www.dcs.tas.edu.au/what_is_christian_education-/ en-us Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:23:41 +1100 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:23:41 +1100 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss WebSym 5.5 domainmaster@sympact.com.au (Domain Master) domainmaster@sympact.com.au (Domain Master) 5 What is Christian Education? http://www.dcs.tas.edu.au/what_is_christian_education-/article=30 Whether it's learning how to run a 400m race, learning how to spell '"rendezvous", or learning to factorise a polynomial, all knowing has its ultimate meaning and purpose when framed by God's big picture story anchored in Jesus.

All forms of education will have a particular perspective on life. It may not always be obvious or overtly stated, but it will shape how things are understood and spoken about, how things are done, and what is chosen to be taught. This might be in the form of assumptions about the nature and origins of the world, or it might be evident through suggestions about the purpose of life and indeed what it means to be fulfilled as a human. No form of education is neutral as it will always be providing a particular lens through which students see the world and their place in it.

A different perspective

Christian education invites young people to see and understand the world through the perspective of God's truth. The Bible becomes the lens in which students view what they are learning. The lens focusses their thinking on ultimate truth - a biblical vision for life where the world is created and sustained by God; where God has acted in history to deal with the distortions of creation caused by human rebellion; and where history is advancing towards a new creation in which all things are reconciled to God through Jesus, who is not only the climax of the biblical story but is also the focal point of the lens.

A way of living

However, Christian education is not just about a Christian way of understanding. It is also about a Christian way of living. When Jesus said "Follow me", he was expecting people to dedicate their whole lives to serving God. Christian education informs, invites, and inspires young people to live this way. The Christian school offering Christian education seeks to teach this way of life every day through all that is done and taught. It does this in a setting of a unified community of love and learning between parents, children, and teachers.

Partnership with parents

Parents have the ultimate responsibility to educate their children towards a biblical way of knowing and a Christian way of living. The Christian school community is a partnership with parents and the school sharing in this vision,

Why Christian Schools website has a short video on Why Christian Education.

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