Educational Philosophy and Methodology
Parkview Christian School is based firmly on the covenant relationship that first and foremost we share with God and secondarily with each other. Christian parents are blessed with the privileges and responsibilities of raising their children in a godly home where a biblical understanding of life and the world is taught. Parkview Christian School is a close-knit community of parents and educators who have come together to create an atmosphere for children which is an extension of these homes. As a “covenant” Christian school, Parkview both hires educators and admits children from families who willingly share a corporate responsibility to provide a Christ-centered education for the children of Christian parents. Some of the core components of our educational philosophy are as follows:
- We believe that God has given parents the responsibility for educating their children, and that the school is to function as an extension of the home. Young children need to spend most of their time at home in order to internalize family values, to learn by working, experimenting, and observing, and to spend time outdoors. Parents should take an active role in the educational experience.
- We believe that all truth is God’s truth. This truth is the foundation for all aspects of our school. God’s truth should be integrated into a balanced curriculum that will teach Christianity as a way of life. The ultimate goal of Parkview Christian School is to teach its students to glorify God and enjoy him forever.
- We believe that content and teaching methods grow out of definitive philosophies and religious beliefs. Since God gave His people the responsibility of subduing this world, the study of history, science, math, and all areas of know edge is a Christian endeavor to be pursued from a perspective that gives reverence to the Creator.
- We believe that God gives different gifts and even the same gifts in different measure. Since every child is different, individual attention should be given to each student based upon his or her unique spirituality, maturity, and intellectual capacity. Students should work to understand useful knowledge and skills in order to become better persons and to serve Christ by serving others.
The development of Christian character takes precedence over the accumulation of knowledge and thus is our primary emphasis. This in no way diminishes the school’s commitment to the highest standards of education: rather, we believe that godliness leads to academic excellence. Our methodology includes:
- Short Sessions
- Small Classes
- Narration: the art of telling back what a child has earned in his or her own words
- The Discipline of Habits: training the child to do what he or she ought to do in the areas of Attention, Thinking, Imagining, Remembering, Truthfulness, Observation, Punctuality, Courtesy, and Wholesome Thoughts, amid others
- The use of Living Books (excellently-written, timeless, primary sources, biographies and diaries, as opposed to children’s editions, compilations, abridged versions, and “twaddle”)
- Art of “Reading Aloud”
- “Prayer Pals”: pairing students in the upper grades to be reading partners with children in the lower grades to foster a love of reading and a sense of belonging
- The de-emphasis of grades, rewards, and incentives so as to replace extrinsic motivations with interior strengthening of will
- Service to others to combat the self-absorption that sin itself fosters
- “Masterly Inactivity”: Our generation is one in which children’s lives are largely dominated by scheduled activities. In former times, children spent much time learning how to make right and good choices regarding the use of their time. We do not attempt to dictate every moment of a child’s school day. Rather, as maturity allows, we provide increasing opportunities for the student to exercise right choices in this important area.