Education as Discipling

» Posted by on Jun 3, 2011 in Blog, Mission-Type Stuff | Comments Off on Education as Discipling

A primary goal of any Christian school must be to disciple.  Getting discipled is the essence of being a student, and in fact, it will happen even if the school does not state it as a primary goal.  It will happen even if it is not a Christian institution. Students, and indeed all people, will follow someone or something, and whoever it is they follow is who they will become.  Acknowledging this as the way of things enables us to take hold of it, rather than merely hoping for the best, and intentionally create disciples of Jesus.

Below are a few ways to show how Ozarks Academy will pursue this focus of discipling. Some of these are more obvious and what you might expect, and others where we give a few more details are not as obvious, and so may be more unique to our efforts:

  • By remembering our place as helpers to parents in their duty to raise their children in the Lord (Deut. 6; Eph. 6:4) as an extension of the home and the church, and not as a disconnected institution
  • By remembering the principle Jesus laid forth, that students become like their teachers (Luke 6:40), and then building on this principle…
    • by Godly and faithful teachers who are called to the task
    • by a setup where it is a teacher or set of teachers who the parents are choosing, rather than a system
    • by teachers being with students multiple years
    • by low teacher-student ratios allowing for plenty of personalized interaction
    • by teachers who are able to integrate multiple subjects (being somewhat well-rounded) and who constantly show how all knowledge leads back to its source in the Creator
  • By training up worshippers and not just brains with feet (more on this in the 2nd goal)
  • By saturating students with the Word of God
  • By recognizing the time and season to mix ages…
    • for family- and kingdom-like opportunities for the younger to follow the older (the natural and God-given way of learning from those who are one step above you), and for the older to lead the younger
    • for opportunities to advance somewhat beyond one’s years in a certain subject
    • for opportunities to slow down in another subject, and to get what time is needed to learn it thoroughly, but without failing a whole grade
  • By recognizing the time and season to separate according to ages…
    • for older students to concentrate, move faster, and excel in an area of focused study
    • for older students to exercise mature dialectic and rhetoric
    • for younger students to dwell on the grammatical fundamentals of all subjects as long as necessary
  • By recognizing the time and season to mix genders…
    • for family- and kingdom-like opportunities to learn from the other, often gender-oriented, perspective
    • for family- and kingdom-like opportunities to learn how to treat one another in service, gratitude, courtesy, etc.
  • By recognizing the time and season to separate genders…
    • for less distraction at certain ages
    • for greater opportunity to follow the discipling principle noted above (that students become like their teachers), and so to have growing boys get trained by men to become men
    • for greater opportunity to follow the same principle for growing girls, and so for them to get trained by ladies to become ladies