Philosophy of Christian Education

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"The church teaches. It always has and always will. From the Great Commission to its earliest confessions and catechisms, the church has viewed teaching as an integral part of its life and ministry."
It has been noted that there is a distinct difference between a "Christian philosophy of education" and a "philosophy of Christian education." The former being only one of many applicable and credible forms of education and the latter being the only viable form of education. We, as a collective person, were made in the image of God. With this premise given, God alone would hold the keys to educating the entire person, and all other educational systems and philosophies, while holding some truth, cannot hold all truth. Any educational system
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The institution must realize that they are in existence to complement the education of the home, and not to play an antithetical role to it.
THE ROLE OF THE TEACHER
The role of the teacher in a philosophy of Christian education is more than just a conveyor of knowledge; they are a mentor and ally. The teacher's goal is to take you to a place educationally, morally, and spiritually beyond which they cannot practically give any more knowledge and then turn the student over to another mentor who will take them further in all of these areas.
The first key in this is to know your students. As far back as 1884, John Gregory wrote: "The language used in teaching must be common to teacher and learner." How can a teacher know what language the student is speaking if they do not know their student? The Christian teacher must be involved with their students in order to see where they are and what they really need. The concept of mentor as exhibited in Scripture is really the model for the Christian teacher.
You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. 2 Tim 2:1-2 NIV

Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. 4 Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, Titus

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