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Christian Philosophy of Education

A written statement of personal philosophy of Christian Education is often requested when a teacher or leader applies for employment or promotion in a Christian school. It is also a useful point of reference when conducting performance appraisals.

A Christian Philosophy of Education seeks to address 3 elements:

How Does God view those placed in my care?

What is my calling?

What is the Telos (end, purpose or goal) of our time together?

These guidelines and samples are provided to assist you in developing and articulating your own statement. Each individual’s statement will be different, reflecting the insights, convictions and experiences gained through your journey in Christian Education.

CSA welcomes additional samples  and  resources to enhance the material provided on this site. We can all learn from one another as we travel this journey together.

Comment from a contributor

KEY QUESTIONS TO ADDRESS WHEN WRITING A PHILOSOPHY OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION:

What is our purpose as God’s people?

* GLORIFYING GOD

Graham Leo Quotation

* CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW

Sample Excerpt A3

* UNDERSTANDING THE BIBLICAL NARRATIVE

Sample Excerpt B6

Sample Excerpt F1

What is the role of the Christian school in society?

* SUPPORTING PARENTS ROLE OF EDUCATING/NURTURE/RAISING CHILDREN

Sample Excerpt E1

* HOME, CHURCH AND SCHOOL WORKING TOGETHER

* ACCOUNTABILITY TO GOVERNMENT

* PREPARING STUDENTS TO POSITIVELY CONTRIBUTE TO SOCIETY

What sense of call and purpose do we aim to see in students?

* VIEW OF STUDENT’S PLACE IN THE WORLD.

–  MEANING/PURPOSE IN LIFE,

Sample Excerpt D4

– VALUE  Sample Excerpt A2,  Sample Excerpt B1

–  CALL TO SERVICE Sample Excerpt A1

* STUDENT COMMITMENT TO CHRIST,  CALL, DISCIPLESHIP, CHARACTER, WISDOM, FAITH, OBEDIENCE

Sample Excerpt E2

* GLORIFYING GOD BY FAITHFUL RESPONSE, SEEKING EXCELLENCE

Sample Excerpt B3

* MOTIVATED AND ENGAGED IN LIFE-LONG LEARNING

Sample Excerpt B5

What student development do we seek?

* STUDENT DEVELOPMENT – SPIRITUALLY,

– THINKING/PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS,

Excerpt D1

– RENEWING OF THE MIND.

Sample Excerpt B4

* STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT – MAXIMISING POTENTIAL: ACADEMICALLY, INFORMATION SKILLS, TECHNOLOGY

* INCLUSIVITY,   Sample Excerpt A5

– RECOGNITION OF DIVERSE NEEDS/GIFTINGS/LEARNING STYLES

Sample Excerpt D2

What type of community is needed?

* STUDENT SAFETY AND WELL-BEING Sample Excerpt A4

* COMMUNITY – GRACE, SHALOM

Article – Sailing for Shalom in Christian Education

– GOD FEARING, BIBLE FOCUSED, SPIRIT LED,

–  RESTORATIVE

Sample Excerpt B2

* COLLABORATION/INTERACTION/DISCIPLESHIP/LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

* SERVICE AND MISSION

Sample Excerpt C1

What essential staff characteristics are important?

* STAFF AS ROLE MODELS – character/purpose/lifelong learning

Sample Excerpt F2

* DEVELOPING TEACHER CAPACITY/EFFECTIVENESS

Sample Excerpt F3

CSA Christian Distinctive Teacher Standards

What approaches to Education will achieve our ends?

* CURRICULUM DESIGN -WORLDVIEW/BIBLICAL NARRATIVE

* LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

* ASSESSMENT/EVALUATION

Sample Excerpt D3

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