Philosophy of Christian Education

 

2 Timothy 3:16   All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.

 

Christian education is Christ-centered.  The Savior and His love are at the center of all we think, say, and do. The Word of God provides the framework in which everything is taught and done and serves as our only source of faith and life.  In addition to religion classes, all other classes are taught in light of God’s Word and in the context of our sinful nature and God’s grace to us in sending the Savior.

 

Beautiful Saviour instructs students in the traditional Lutheran educational style of academics.  Traditional Lutheran education is founded on the style and principles of “Classical Education.” The focus of mastering curricular objectives drives instruction and learning throughout the school.  BLSL students are encouraged to “yearn to learn,” to strive to answer questions above and beyond what the national standards suggest as benchmarks. As the philosopher Socrates said, “Education is the lighting of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”  When students WANT to learn, it changes the learner’s intrinsic motivation and has shown proven results in grades, standardized test scores, and high school placement / achievement. We do not :teach to the test,” because the rewards in learning fall into place when the students have a strong desire to learn.  In the same manner as classical education schools, BSLS teaches Latin as a way to strengthen each student’s hold on English, as well as improve other subject areas indirectly.

 

The most important subject taught each day is the Word of God class, where students are instructed from the Bible.  Students learn from the only source of absolute truth and learn of God’s plan of salvation through faith in Jesus. What makes to traditional Lutheran model of academics different from most schools is that the children are taught from a Biblical worldview rather than a secular worldview.  This difference is easily seen in the Science and Social Studies curriculums, where God’s creative power and His absolute sovereignty are emphasized. Another major difference is that Lutheran schools do not shy away from memorization, and BSLS students tend to score higher in the mathematics courses than their public school counterparts.

 

One strength unique to the traditional style of Lutheran education is that teachers typically instruct a student for several years consecutively.  This improves learning since the teacher knows the student’s strengths and weaknesses and can adjust instruction accordingly. The primary grades master the skill of learning the fundamentals of education, such as understanding and remembering.  Next, the middle grades use those fundamentals to put responses and answers together as they begin to apply and analyze information. In the upper grades of our school, students use the prior year’s fundamentals to expand on what they have learned.  The upper graders use critical thinking to analyze information, apply it to their lives, evaluate content, and work to create and communicate what they have learned in an effective manner.