Future-focused Christian education

Christian schools are on a completely different trajectory to non-Christian schools. In Christian education, we understand that we are made in God’s image and therefore have intrinsic worth … non-Christian education pursues a “survival of the fittest mentality” with the unintended(?) societal outcome of governments passing new legislation around the world that only respect the “healthy” or those who are “loud enough” to make their voice heard, as well as encouraging an economic system that seems to create an ever-increasing rich-poor divide …

In Christian education we understand that God designed and created the world in a specific way and that the problems in the world are caused by us not following the Manual … non-Christian education teaches that we are evolving into more complex versions of ourselves and that technology will make / enable us to become “better” (despite strong evidence suggesting the contrary) …

In Christian education we understand that Jesus is coming again and that our relationship with Jesus trumps any other desire or ideal … non-Christian education primarily prepares students for careers and jobs that will hopefully enable them to contribute to the advancement of humankind …

In Christian education we understand that our students are in school because they are being equipped to better understand God’s Word and, in doing so, they are being prepared to be led by the Holy Spirit to a holy adoration and worship of God the Father through the work of His Son, Jesus Christ, with the wonderful secondary outcome that they will be prepared to take their place in society and make a positive difference by building God’s Kingdom as they solve the complex problems of our time with the help of the Holy Spirit.

A good friend has challenged me recently to reflect on the fact that sometimes in Christian education we are searching for the answers to the future in the world instead of looking for them in the Word …

Christian education can offer certainty and hope for the future that is basically absent in ed-reform conversations outside of Christian education. 


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