Before the mid-eighteenth century, instilling a Christian Worldview or “paideia” was the purpose of nearly all Western education. This was based, in part, on Ephesians 6 that commands fathers to raise their children in “the discipline and instruction (paideia) of the Lord.” Education brought an inner transformation of the student. It cultivated the students’ habits of thought and action in order to view the world with certain foundational truths and thereby align their desires with God’s ideal. Classical Christian education’s objective, then, is to shape the virtues and reason in our students so that they will be in line with God’s will. In other words, our objective is to cultivate a Christian paideia in students.
Tens of thousands of parents are embracing classical Christian K-12 schools because they can see the difference. Classical Christian Education starts with a different purpose and ends with different results than conventional education. We use children’s God-given strengths at each stage of growth to help them learn; young children (grades K-6) enjoy memorizing, singing, and rhymes, so a solid foundation is laid in each subject of study using these methods; junior high students are inquisitive, so we develop their ability to reason and discern truth; high school students want to talk, so we teach them how to present their ideas persuasively. The result is a fully educated graduate who knows what they believe and why, and can positively impact the community around them.
Articles for additional reading:
- What does it mean to be a Classical Christian School: https://classicalchristian.org/classical-education-in-the-accs/?v=a44707111a05
- What is a Biblical Worldview/Paideia? https://westsideacademy.org/faith/christian-worldview/
- Prepared for Life, Association of Classical Christian Schools report on College Readiness: : https://classicalchristian.org/measure-it/?v=a44707111a05
If you desire additional reading, we recommend:
- “Recovering The Lost Tools of Learning”, Douglas Wilson
- “Shaping Hearts and Minds: Why it Matters Where Your Child Goes to School”, by Monica Whatley, Dr. Shawn Whatley
Seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things will be given unto you. Matthew 6:33