Posted By Foundation for American Christian Education,
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, March 4, 2015
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The recent media coverage of the Common Core curriculum has caused debate among educators,
politicians and parents. The stated goal of the Common Core is to have every school district
in the nation follow the same national standards, the idea being that a standardized curriculum
will raise students’ scores and performance across the board and make them more competitive in an
international field. Proponents believe that a centralized approach to education in the U.S., with
little parental control, no occasion for teacher innovation and a hefty taxpayer bill will be the
solution to our failing schools, demoralized teachers and despondent students.
We must consider, is the Common Core really the answer to our educational woes or is there
While the Common Core is based on social “science” and a one-size-fits-all approach, the
Principle Approach® is based on a time-tested, age-old method of education that places
Biblical reasoning and individual learning at its core. It is a method of teaching and
learning that is reflective, inspiring and satisfying for students and teachers alike. It
produced the quality of thought and character that enabled our Founding Fathers to design
a system of government that would assure personal and civil liberty for the first time in
the history of mankind.
The foundational principles and values of the Principle Approach have been progressively
abandoned by modern education, beginning with Horace Mann in the early 19th century. The
retreat from a truly Biblical way of thinking is the reason we are faced today with the
encroachment of the federal government into our homes and schools that the Common Core
represents, an encroachment on the sacred duty of parents to educate their children, while
ignoring their God-given individuality and purpose.
We are the guardians of the next generation, and we must seek to restore the spirit of
godliness in our nation. That restoration will begin with our children and their education.
Rather than the legacy of Horace Mann, we need to look to the example of Noah Webster, who
left a legacy of Biblical scholarship and individual learning in his 1828 Dictionary and
Blue-Backed Speller, who more than any other American taught his fellow countrymen
to read. Like Webster, let us begin by renewing our minds in a way that causes us to view
all of life and learning through a Biblical lens. A mind that is intent upon developing a
thorough and inclusive Biblical worldview, having a learner’s heart will be one that is
full of grace and truth, and for the restoration of the individual and the nation.
Now the Lord is that Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. (II Corinthians 3:17)
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