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).
How should Christians understand God glorifying Himself in a school?
God glorifies Himself by teaching His people all about God so they can grow in their love, praises and desire for God. He does this by the work of the Holy Spirit as His Word is taught.
I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you (John 16:12-14).
He would use all of His Bible to glorify Himself. For example, the Bible tells us that He uses His Ten Commandments (moral law) to show us a reflection of His holy character; to give us a guide for how we should love God and love our neighbor; and to help us realize how short we fall from obeying it completely, and our dire need for a Savior (Galatians 3:19-24).