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
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
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:
Definition of Education.
Webster’s 1828 American
Dictionary of the English Language
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
How Intentional and Equipped Are You for this Immense
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)
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.
Alone; Most of Us are Not Intentional or Equipped.
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.”
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.
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.
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)
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