The learning environment in the public school is good.

The learning environment in the public school is good.

What constitutes a good learning environment? Some parents look at the shiny gymnasium in the public school and believe that that is the definition of a good learning environment. However, if you consider that many public schools in America have instances of drug transactions; sexual acts being committed in the halls, bathrooms, locker rooms, and classrooms; overcrowded classrooms; teachers who are in fear for their physical well being; classrooms that lack discipline and structure; bullying, gangs, and lax security and safety; then it should be impossible to believe the myth that the learning environment in the public school is good. Parents can obtain statistical information about criminal activity from their local county’s public school administrative offices.

By contrast, like instances are rare in Christian schools. While the “real world” does exist and can be found, cases of sin are handled with the intention of exposing the guilty to truth, furthering their individual sanctification and protecting and developing the school community as a whole. No good can come of an environment where these activities are allowed to become commonplace. Eventually the student comes to believe that this is “normal.”

What should be the foundation for every school’s teaching philosophy?

The scriptures loudly declare that God wants to glorify Himself in all things. Therefore, the foundation, starting, and finishing point would be that every aspect of teaching in all subjects be done with the goal of glorifying God. Three times in Ephesians 1, God gives us the reason for what He has done:

He predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved (v 5). 

So that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory (v 12).

Who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory (v 14).

And Jesus prayed:

Father, glorify your name. Then a voice came from heaven: I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again (John 12:28).

I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do (John 17:4).

And Paul wrote:

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).

And Peter said:

Whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen (1 Peter 4:11).

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