Christian

In a Christ-centered school, God is not boxed up in a single subject called Bible Time.  God and his word are integral to every subject. 

Overview

If we were created to be workers, then school should be all about preparing children to work. If we are soulless, biological machines simply responding to stimuli, then school should be training children to have the correct responses. If we were created to be social animals, then school should be about proper socialization. But we were created in the image of God, created to be primarily thinkers, choosers, and creators. Therefore, education should be primarily about thinking well, choosing well, and creating well. We are reasoning creatures made to know truth, we are moral creatures made to choose that which is good, and we are creators made to appreciate and create beauty.

Christ-centered

By Christ-centered we do not mean a secular education that has been baptized with a sprinkling of Bible verses. Many Christian schools have been founded out of a rejection of some aspect of public schools, such as violence, drugs, sex education, or poor academics. These things are legitimate reasons for the rejection of one school, but they are not a good basis for designing a school. We can’t just take the secular government school model, remove the things that we don’t like, add a few Bible verses, and call it a Christian school.

In a Christ-centered school, God is not boxed up in a single subject called Bible Time.  God and his word are integral to every subject.  Science is the study of God’s creation and man’s fulfillment of God’s charge to take dominion of his creation. History is the study of God at work throughout time.  In literature, especially the great classics, students should be wrestling with the actions of the different characters and the different ideas being presented. Even math should proclaim the greatness of God.

A Christ-centered school is not a school with a hear-no-evil, see-no-evil approach to education.  Students need to wrestle with the hard things in the Bible, and even more so as they mature.  Students need to confront the hard things in our history.  We have received a great inheritance from our forefathers, which our children should be familiar with and always celebrate, but as they mature they also need to consider our nation’s failings as well. 

A Christ-centered school requires teachers capable of understanding how God is the center of the subjects they teach. Such teachers need to have a solid Christian worldview and such teachers are hard to find. Most teachers have not themselves been taught in a Christ-centered school, nor have they been taught to think from a Christian perspective.  A classical and Christian teacher must always continue to self-educate in a wide variety of fields.