My Philosophy of Education

I believe each individual student is imbued with the ability to grow in knowledge and appreciation of the world around them. Every student is created with the aptitude to become an independent, critical, and imaginative thinker.

It is the responsibility of the teacher, as a steward of the students’ education, to guide this maturation by insightful instruction, with creative encouragement and an infectious enthusiasm for their subject. The teacher’s duty is to foster a natural learning environment in which students learn by confronting intriguing, important, and beautiful problems. This environment must be supportive and it should challenge students to take risks in the learning process: to grapple with ideas, rethink their assumptions, and examine their mental models of reality.[1]

The students should be helped to consciously and consistently implement the ways of thinking to which they are exposed and to value wisdom. Learning has little meaning unless it produces a sustained and substantial influence on the way people think, act, feel, and worship.

Therefore all of this is to be undertaken with appropriate Christian humility and reliance upon the Triune God. Christian education should ultimately lead to renewed minds in transformed and mature believers, equipped for unifying service to the church and loving mission to the world.

Before students can properly construct an epistemology, a metaphysical foundation must be in place to direct that construction. At its core, education begins with a proper understanding of God: the understanding that He is, what He is like, and what we as moral beings created in His image must do about it.[2] These questions both initiate and guide the educational process, keeping the methods and goals of inquiry in line with the nature and purposes of God as He has revealed Himself through both the written Word of Scripture and the incarnate Word of Jesus Christ. Only then can the meta-narrative of creation and all of the academic subjects therein be studied within the framework of orthodox Christianity.

[1] Bain, Ken. What the Best College Teachers Do.Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2004.

[2] Tozer, Aiden Wilson. Knowledge of the Holy: The Attributes of God: Their Meaning in the Christian Life. New York, NY: Harper Collins, 1978.


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