How is Classical Christian Education Different?
C - Classic Texts Carefully selected literature from Western Civilization is at the heart of the curriculum. As opposed to reading about great documents or summaries of original texts, we read the original document and manuscript’s text themselves. This literature forms the children’s affections and trains them to see and love the true, good, and beautiful of this world. Fundamental themes of morality, virtue, and Christlikeness are a part of everyday lessons. Of course, The Holy Bible is a primary source of text that will be read in full with thorough examination and application throughout the child’s education.
L - Language/Latin Part of a classical education is the integration of Latin and the development of formal language skills. Not only is Latin the root of many Western languages but it develops a thought process that brings ease to learning many other subjects. For more information on “Why Latin?” click here.
A - Absolute Truth As believers in Jesus Christ, we have been charged in scripture to seek out truth, even if the truth makes us uncomfortable. We cannot depend on the world to define truth (or the lack thereof) for us. We believe that not only does absolute truth exist but we are to train our minds to seek out the truth. We do this through the formal study of Logic and the examination of ideas.
S - Standards of Conduct A Christian is charged to represent Christ to the world. Therefore, we must strive to live up to a higher standard of conduct. This is not out of legalism but out of love. Therefore, we have high expectations of how students and staff conduct themselves. This is reflected in daily lessons of Virtue studies as well as discipline. Ultimately, we are not just seeking a change in actions or behavior, but a change of the heart.
S- Sequential and Systematic: This is one of the most notably different aspects of a classical education. All subjects that follow a timeline of events are taught chronologically and in rotation. For example, History, Bible, Science, Art, and musical composers are taught from ancient times to modern day, over a period of years, and then is repeated multiple times throughout the child’s education. This allows the student to see how one event causes or effects the next event. The literature, writing assignments, experiments, and projects reflect the era that the students are studying. Each cycle digs deeper into the topics as the student gets older.
I- Immersion It is well known that one of the best ways to learn is by immersion and imitation. That is why our teachers are always learning alongside the students. Like a master craftsman models his work for an apprentice, our teachers model learning and immerse the student in rich practices that make absorption of the information more effortless and lasting.
C- Cross Disciplinary Studies Another one of the most notably different aspects of classical learning is the integration of subjects. History, Bible, Science, Art, Music, and Literature are all combined and studied in a chronological layout. Segmenting subjects detracts from seeing the “big picture” of how our world came to be. By integrating subjects, the students will understand how one event can transform all other aspects of life. It also helps the student see that the timeline of historical events is a part of their personal story and that their actions can have a lasting impact on the world around them.
A- Adult To Be/Not Child Within Classical education starts by looking at the end goal: men and women at high school graduation who know how to seek out truth, live virtuous lives, and are a productive member of society, serving God and man. We then work backwards each year cultivating this mindset. We must ask, “What is the Purpose of Human Life?” and therefore, “What is the purpose of education?” As Christians, our answer is “to Glorify God” and this is reflected in our educational model. We will strive to produce wise followers of Jesus Christ that stand firm on the Holy Word of God, prepared to speak truth in an eloquent and persuasive manner. If accomplished, our students can greatly impact the world for the Glory of God.
L - Love of Learning There should be an overwhelming sense of delight, fun, and growth in the learning process. The satisfaction of mastering rigorous academics deepens the students insatiable hunger for more knowledge. Charlotte Mason philosophies are applied at BCA to bring in an atmosphere of a nurturing, loving, and safe environment where students are unhindered in stretching their minds with new ideas. For more on Charlotte Mason, please click here.