Christian Education Research Paper

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Explain and discuss the Christian philosophy of education and work


Philosophy is one of the most distinctive school of all human activities. Philosophy is a quest after wisdom, an activity of thought, and a particular unique type of thinking that is not to be confused with its end product. Uniquely, a philosopher provides a body of philosophic thought not a philosophy, (Pecorino, 2000). American scholar and biblical thinker Noah Webster, defined education as a school of thought that “comprehends all that series of instruction and discipline which is intended to enlighten the understanding, correct the temper, form the manners and habits of youth, and fit them for usefulness in their future stations” Dayspring
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What philosophy has to do with education? Many may ask but the authors of this book agree that “philosophy is essential in even the decision-making process on what constitutes the curriculum as well as how to teach and treat learners” (Clark, Johnson and Sloat, 1991). Furthermore, the core of education whether Christion or otherwise works from the internal to the external as it is a lifelong evolution. A lasting external change and growth comes only by way of internal character growth from good philosophical roots (Dayspring Christian Academy,…show more content…
Christian educators are beginning to realize that to be truly Christian, is more than providing a theoretical guidance and generalization about education and work. It is a vital part of the content of the curriculum and integrated with all subject matter. Consequently, some persons are exhibiting an idolatrous attitude towards Christian “education and work” undertaken in capitalist societies” (Cates, 2005). Even though the Bible should be the integrating factor around which all other subject matter is correlated and arranged, and provides the criterion by which all other subject matter is judged. The philosophical work of human hands tends to conceal the work being done by the hand of God, ironically heightening the alienation experienced by workers and educators (Cates, 2005). Finally, Dunn, (2005) contended that “it is not only learning in itself, that can transform a people but learning that has a practical effect on individuals and on society” p.
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