My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing
that we shall receive a stricter judgment… But the wisdom
that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield,
full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
James 3:1, 17
The teacher of children is privileged to impress herself or himself upon the hearts and minds of this generation and future generations. Christa McAuliffe was right in saying "I touch the future; I teach.” The exhortation in James 3 suggests the enormity of consequence this privilege affords: a great accountability, a "stricter judgment.” It also foretells the force of education in one single life and in an entire generation. Teachers of children surely do hold the future in their hands.The only rational and moral response to the challenge, therefore, is to examine and prepare oneself to be an instrument in the Lord’s hands—the only ones capable of such an awesome responsibility and influence.The Foundation for American Christian Education exists to equip, instruct, inform and inspire Christian teachers. The thoroughly Christian philosophy of education was formed over many centuries. The Chain of Christianity® shows the milestones made by the application of the understanding of God and His purposes to all areas of life. American education was the recipient of centuries of preparation through the Bible translated into English, the Reformation, the Pilgrims, and the planting of a form of government that allowed individual liberty of conscience. The result is the model of education that formed the hearts and minds of our founding fathers—the Principle Approach®.The Foundation for American Christian Education performs its mission through publications and through courses to train teachers and parents in the Principle Approach. We encourage the development of Christian schools to demonstrate this methodology for others to inspire its dissemination.A demonstration school can be reviewed at http://www.stonebridgeschool.com/. An international model of schools demonstrating the Principle Approach can be found at http://www.aecep.org.br/. The results of the Principle Approach in forming a Biblical Worldview in the student has been empirically demonstrated by the Nehemiah Institute through the PEERS Test.
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The Principle Approach is a great way to teach, but it is an even better way to learn. I have become a student again, and my learning is rich and deep.
I must tell you that I am enjoying teaching using the Priciple Approach so much! It is so user friendly and guides the teacher rather than dictating.
S.L., homeschool mom
I’m new at incorporating the Principle Approach to our learning center curriculum. However, after 1 month of thorough study and one quarter of practical application, I already see the results I was expecting. It is my desire to encourage parents, teachers and administrators to look into the Principled Approach, a philosophy of education that truly inspires young people to learn God’s way.
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I really valued reading the Homeschool Companion by Joni Harsh. Although I must admit, it still left me rather hungry for more! It was an excellent place to start.
If you’ve decided to equip yourself by taking the basic course, The Philosophy & Methods of the Principle Approach: Foundations (the introductory course that enables the teacher or parent to practice the Principle Approach) gives access to the "Understanding Principles” forum where you can meet others, discuss ideas and contribute to the movement. The Foundations I course from the Foundation for American Christian Education revolutionized my teaching.
The pieces previously missing in my instruction seemed to shine with a bright light. When I began to reason from cause to effect in my own teaching, I could then pass that along to my students. I began to start my teaching with higher level thinking rather than looking for a way to "tack” it on. My classroom continues to grow each day because of this experience. It launched me on a continual journey of discovering God’s truth in every aspect of every subject.
M.H., Principle Approach Educator