Principles for Christian Education

Living Stones Academy, as a member of Christian Schools International, also affirms the following principles for Christian education:

THE BIBLE. That God, by His Holy Word, reveals Himself; renews human beings’ understanding of God, of themselves, of others, and of the world; directs human beings in all their relationships and activities; and therefore guides His people also in the education of their children.

CREATION. That in their education, children must come to learn that the world and human beings’ calling in it can rightly be understood only in relation to the Triune God who, by His creation, restoration, and governance, directs all things to the coming of His Kingdom and the glorification of His name.

SIN. That because human sin brought upon all people the curse of God—alienating them from their Creator, their neighbors, and the world, distorting their view of the true meaning and purpose of life, and misdirecting human culture—human sin also corrupts the education of children.

JESUS CHRIST. That through our Savior Jesus Christ there is renewal of our educational enterprise because He is the Redeemer of, and the Light and the Way for, our human life in all its range and variety. Only through Him and the work of His spirit are we guided in the truth and recommitted to our original calling.

SCHOOLS. That the purpose of the Christian school is to educate children for a life of obedience to their calling in this world as image bearers of God; that this calling is to know God’s Word and His creation, to consecrate the whole of human life to God, to love all people, and to be stewards in their God-given cultural tasks.

PARENTS. That the primary responsibility for education rests upon parents to whom children are entrusted by God, and that Christian parents should accept this obligation in view of the covenantal relationship which God established with believers and their children. Parents should seek to discharge this obligation through school associations and school boards which engage the services of Christian teachers in Christian schools.

TEACHERS. That Christian teachers, both in obedience to God and in cooperation with parents, have a unique pedagogical responsibility while educating children in school.
PUPILS. That Christian schools must take into account the variety of abilities, needs, and responsibilities of young persons; that the endowments and calling of young persons as God’s image bearers, and their defects and inadequacies as sinners, require that such learning goals and such curricula will be selected as will best prepare them to live as obedient Christians; and that only with constant attention to such pedagogical concerns will education be truly Christian.

COMMUNITY. That because God’s covenant embraces not only parents and their children but also the entire Christian community to which they belong, and because Christian education contributes directly to the advancement of God’s Kingdom, it is the obligation not only of parents but of the entire Christian community to establish and maintain Christian schools, to pray for them, work for them, and give generously to their support.

EDUCATIONAL FREEDOM. That Christian schools, organized and administered in accordance with legitimate standards and provisions for day schools, should be fully recognized in society as free to function according to these principles.