My Personal Philosophy of Christian Education
The primary characteristic that distinguishes a Christian school from a public school is the welcomed presence of the Spirit of God. I am not saying that all the teachers and staff at a public school are not saved; to the contrary, many in the public arena are saved, but the Spirit of God is not welcomed in the public arena as a whole. And though all teachers and staff in some Christian schools may not be saved as well, in most of these arenas, the Spirit of the true and living God is welcomed and given preeminence.
A secondary distinguishing characteristic is found in the curriculum. In Christian schools, the curriculum is typically Christ centered and points to God as the creator and sustainer of all things. This is not so in public schools, where our creation and advancement is based on the evolutionary concept of time and chance.
I believe the proper atmosphere for learning is centered on the teaching style of the teacher, classroom size, classroom ascetics, and school/classroom discipline policies. It is my belief that a teacher must be able to wield multiple teaching styles and strategies to properly meet the needs of a diversified classroom setting. This requires that a teacher knows his/her students and their primary method of learning. This can only be done if the student population, of each class, is kept around 20 students per class. This gives the teacher a more manageable classroom situation than in most public arenas. Additionally, a teacher must be cognitive of the ascetics of the classroom and its proper layout. This could have a lasting effect on the learning of the students.
And finally, there must be a consistent and structured discipline policy in every classroom. If the discipline policy of one classroom differs from another, to any great degree, the students will receive a mixed message and a lack of discipline is sure to ensue. With these characteristics in place, an effective teacher is able to maintain an atmosphere of quiet classroom learning, with only brief bouts of noise when the students are excited about their learning experience.
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