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Back-to-School, Part I

Posted By Connie Moody, Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Principle Approach® Commonwealth CommUNITY member recently gave new voice to the idea of Back-to-School when he said, "My venture began by looking for something to teach, and now I am looking at learning a new method of teaching.”

This person is not alone.  Most of the initial contacts to the Foundation are those shopping for curriculum—for something to teach.  Quite frankly, many are looking for something "easy” to do in lieu of true teaching; in which case, they do not pursue the Principle Approach.

The principle of a remnant holds that there are a few who are looking to learn and understand the narrow but better way of "a new method of teaching”; our friend above is one of the few.  If you are one of the few, too, then read on.

Take a moment and think about this question: How do you define ‘education’?


No, really, take a moment before reading further to reflect:  How do you define ‘education’?



Now consider this:

A Principled Definition of Education.

From Noah Webster’s 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language

   EDUCATION, n. [L. from e and duco, to lead (out).] The bringing up, as of a child; instruction; formation of manners. Education comprehends all that series of instruction and discipline which is intended to enlighten the understanding, correct the temper, and form the manners and habits of youth, and fit them for usefulness in their future stations. To give children a good education in manners, arts and science, is important; to give them a religious education is indispensable; and an immense responsibility rests on parents and guardians who neglect these duties.


How Intentional and Equipped Are You for this Immense Responsibility?


How do you intend to enlighten the understanding of your children with the Word of God as the foundation for every subject?  How will you correct the temper of your sons and daughters, that is, cultivate Christian character instead of human nature by how you teach and what you teach (all that series of instruction and discipline)? How will you form the manners and habits of your children in their youth and fit them for usefulness—to be in favor with God and man and equipped for His purposes as kings and priests in His kingdom—with what you study and how you study it?  How will you give them an important and indispensable education—an education that perfects the saints for the work of the ministry for the edifying of the body of Christ? (Ephesians 4:12)


If it is good that a student is as his teacher (Matthew 10:25) then you must first be enlightened, corrected, tempered, formed, and fit with manners and habits in order for the children to become.  The principle of property reminds us that you cannot give your children what you do not have.  Therefore, you must have a true education in order to give them one.


You’re Not Alone; Most of Us are Not Intentional or Equipped.

Most of us are the product of the modern (or even postmodern) progressive philosophies that have dictated education for many generations in the United States.  Even most Christian schools and homeschools have, perhaps unknowingly, adopted vain philosophies of education and worldly practices of teaching and learning.  Most of us are trained to "do schooling" not to "be educated."  Most of us have not learned the Biblical foundations and principles of all subjects in the school curricula.  Most of us are not truly ‘e-duc-ated’—led out of darkness to enlightened understanding and in Christian character "till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:13) 


We must be restored to God’s principles.  We must be re-educated, if we are to educate the next generation.  This is the ESSENTIAL first step.


Rosalie Slater, the founder of the Principle Approach, stated it this way, "Unless the Christian school [that is, schooling for Christ in any setting] in America separates itself from the evolutionary philosophy which has formed and shaped the character of atheism and socialism in our land—unless the Christian school [schooling] will teach from a basis of a Christian Philosophy of Education and through Christian Methods produce a Christian Curriculum—we shall soon be inundated in the flood-tides of federal secularism.” (1965, T&L, 56; bold emphasis and underlines added)  Unfortunately, Miss Slater, were she alive today, would see that the swirling flood-tides have engulfed our nation, our churches, our Christian schools, and our homes. 


We must rise above the flood and breathe in the inspired Word of God as our primary teaching and learning tool—our textbook of life and living—"and therefore to lay Christ in the bottome, as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and Learning." (1623, New England's First Fruits)


Next Blog:  Back-to-School, Part II

So, Am I Hopelessly Unable to Educate My Children? 

Absolutely not!  Here's why and here's how.

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Heather Hall says...
Posted Tuesday, August 28, 2012
This is an excellent post. I'm wondering two things:

1. If I share it on facebook, will non-CommUnity members be able to read this?

2. Is there a way I can share it on my blogger blog?

Heather :)
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