“Curriculum emerges from an orientation of who and what we are, where we come from and where we are going.”(Society of Christian Schools in British Columbia, Canada 1998) "Curriculum is Purposeful: The planned instructional program that is to be delivered to the students, the course they will follow through your school. Curriculum is Intentional: A designed sequence of learning experiences and content in the areas of instruction chosen by the school. Curriculum is NOT: Bought or borrowed – a great benefit to the Christian School is the development process. It reflects your schools, your students and your mission. Curriculum also is NOT textbooks used in schools; these are only tools in the hands of the teacher and components of the curriculum.
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The teacher in a Christian School is the living curriculum, he/she should be a believer: Frank Gaebelein says:’ The Worldview of the teacher in so far it is positive or negative, influences the worldview of the child.” A teacher in a Christian school is someone who is able to guide a child in such a way that what has been implanted in that child by God can be drawn out with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Such a child will then be able to reach his/her full potential in Christ.
As teachers we want to allow our students to explore and discover God’s real, observable world gaining an appreciation, awe and wonder for our God and who He is. As our students’ knowledge grows and becomes more focused and detailed, so our vocabulary, skills and abilities are sharpened in an orderly way. Within our students’ hearts (moral warehouse) we have made deposits of moral values which will enable them to be good stewards of His creation (people, resources, living and non-living things).
We are all aware that knowledge without God’s heart can lead to pride, tyranny, exploitation, foolishness and death. We always want our students to have an attitude of stewardship and not ownership. God is the creator of all and He will give us the wisdom and ability to be good stewards of what he has called us to be stewards of, as we walk humbly with our God while serving one another justly and in mercy.
This is fleshed out by teaching the curriculum documents from this Biblical World View whilst nurturing the Expected Student Outcomes as outlined below. ACSI Expected Student Outcomes describe the measurable change or transformation that will occur in the students who attend an effective Christian school.
EXPECTED STUDENT OUTCOMES
As we strive to attain our vision, we believe it imperative that ACSI member schools develop programs, strategies and methodologies within the context of Biblical principles, producing students with a Christian worldview and lifestyle who:
1…are well prepared in all academic disciplines and are skilled in reading, writing, speaking, listening and thinking
2…are proficient in Mathematics and Science.
3…have a knowledge and understanding of people, events and movements in history and the cultures of other peoples and places.
4…appreciate literature and the arts and understand how they express and shape their beliefs and Values.
5…have a critical appreciation of languages and cultures of other peoples, dispelling prejudices, promoting inter-ethnic harmony, encouraging biblical hospitality for the ‘stranger
6…personally respond to carry out the Great Commission locally and around the world in a culturally sensitive manner.
7…know how to utilize resources including technology to find, analyse and evaluate information
8…are committed to lifelong learning.
9…have the skills to question, to solve problems and to make wise decisions.
10…understand the worth of all humanity as created in the image of God.
11…can articulate and defend their Christian world view while having a basic understanding of opposing worldviews.
12…understand and commit to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
13… know, understand and apply God’s Word in daily life.
14…will possess apologetic skills enabling them to defend their faith.
15…are empowered by the Holy Spirit and pursue a life of faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly (and sisterly) kindness and love.
16…treat their bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit.
17…are actively involved in a church community, serving God and others
18… understand, value, and engage in appropriate social (community) and civic activities.
19…embrace and practice justice, mercy and peacemaking in family and society.
20…value intellectual enquiry and are engaged in the mutual and open exchange of ideas.
21…respect and relate appropriately with integrity to people with whom they work, play and live.
22…have an appreciation for the natural environment and practice responsible stewardship of God’s creation.
23…are prepared to practice the principles (physical, moral, spiritual, social and psychological) of healthy family living.
24… are good stewards of their finances, time (including discretionary time) and all other resources.
25… understand that work has dignity as an expression of the nature of God.