Theologian Dr. R. C. Sproul writes:
"We wonder why Johnny cannot read, write, think, and pray. What can we expect from a school system that eschews matters of epistemology from the outset? Gone is the classical method of education that produced the intellectual giants of the past—the trivium of grammar, logic, and rhetoric that provided the foundation for the quadrivium of higher education. "
The modern Christian school movement is a response, primarily from within conservative, Evangelical American Christianity, to the issues that it has faced as a result of the pervasive influence of humanist education coming through the public schools. Though by the time the Christian school movement reached its peak, more than one generation of Americans had been through two decades of secular humanism in the public school. A distinctively Christian school is more than just an imitation of public school with Bible class, chapel and daily prayer added. Our "best practices," classroom management, instructional methodology and objectives use the Bible as a measuring rod for truth.
1. The philosophy of a Christian school is different. We acknowledge belief in God's existence, his character and the resolution of human sin through the gift of salvation he gave by grace through faith in the sacrifice and resurrection of his son, Jesus. We believe the Bible is a complete revelation of God's truth, including how children learn and how they should be instructed. That changes the approach we teach our students when it comes to problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
2. The pedagogy of a Christian school is different. Our instructional strategies and methods are based on best practices that result from research, experience and knowledge of the human intellect discerned from Biblical teaching. Our teachers are not merely facilitators, they are instructors and authorities when it comes to basic skills development and mastering knowledge objectives. Their commitment, knowledge and spiritual experiences are all instructional resources and their influence is valued as a vital part of what we do.
3. The atmosphere of a Christian school is different. We are certainly not a community of perfect people, but as a parent, your involvement in your child's education is necessary and the school recognizes your authority and responsibility as a parent. There are some areas of a student's growth and development which we believe are best left to parents and you will be informed regarding the curriculum choices and content of the learning environment.
4. The academic expectations of a Christian school are different. All of the measurements used to track academic progress show Christian schools to be high achievers academically. Recent research done on behalf of ACSI show that we are doing a lot more than just singing "Father Abraham" and talking about loaves and fish. Collectively, accredited Christian schools rank higher on the academic spectrum of American "school choice" than any other kind of choice except private schools with selective enrollment practices committed to a high academic level. MCA is not an exception to that rule. The assessments we use to track academic progress indicate that our instruction results in 92% of our students meeting the grade level benchmarks in core subjects. The average among public schools in our general neighborhood is 38%.
5. There is a set of moral standards based on Biblical teaching. Problem-solving and hands-on learning experiences are not the point of the core curriculum and those techniques are not introduced to students until they have mastered basic skills and not without mastering basic Biblical principles related to personal salvation, prayer and understanding. We do not want students to have their educational experience confirm dependence upon their own intellect to develop standards of right and wrong but to understand that the Bible is objective truth that is relevant to every subject area.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. Proverbs 3:5-8 ESV
We are aware that enrolling your children here requires a sacrifice. One of the reasons behind National School Choice Week is to increase awareness of school choice and generate some initiatives that will equalize the expense for parents choosing what's best for their own children or, at the very least, relieve them of the tax obligations they have with regard to an education system they are not using. Noting that our teachers and school staff also are making sacrifices, as are multiple contributors to the school's ministry, the sponsoring church and others in the school community themselves, we pray that God will lead you to consider MCA as the "school choice" for your child in the 2020-21 school year.
To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth--
Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:2-9