21st Century Curriculum
"My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." – Colossians 2:3
Dear Prospective Parent,
Thank you for taking a moment to read this letter as you consider enrolling your child at Heritage. Your biggest question is probably “Why? Why would I use a portion of my hard earned resources to send my child to this school at this time in their lives? Is this a good investment?”
I can tell you that I faced that choice several (more than I care to admit) years ago. I looked at the tuition as a cost and found out it is an investment and the best one I have ever made. My children were so fundamentally changed that I left my legal career to enter into Christian education because I believed it to be so crucial to the next generation. I will be happy to share that story in more detail when we personally meet, as I do with all prospective families.
The other part of the answer lies in the focus of a Christian education: it is broader, deeper and more relevant to the current student than any other type of education available today. At Heritage it will focus on the four “C’s” that form the core of an outstanding Christian education:
1. Christ centered. Ideas have consequences and our children will make life decisions based upon their worldview. In an increasingly secular society, devoid of faith or a faith perspective they will adopt that majority view unless we proved them with a cohesive, relevant, and transformative alternative that stresses a Creator God who has formed a wondrous universe, created human beings with specific purposes and has provided for a relationship with Himself through His Son Jesus Christ.
2. Critical/Conceptual Thinking. We have moved from an Information Age to a Conceptual Age and the skill sets our children will have to have will not be focused on their ability to remember a limited amount of pertinent information (textbooks, sections of a library shelf, teacher lectures, etc.). Rather, they will have to quickly analyze small bytes of information from almost infinite information streams and determine which are relevant and useful and which do not answer their question. Think of the Google search with thousands of listings. Which are on point and which are wrong? Children will have to use their left and right brain together and conceptualize new ways of aggregating information. They will have dig deep into issues, but not memorize a lot of trivial facts. Most importantly, they will have to have the tools and mind set to be life long learners as technology moves ever faster.
3. Communications. We grew up in a world of limited communication methods and school required us to choose between verbal and written formats. There are now multiple technological formats for communication and they all are appropriate for different messages and different needs. Students must understand the consequences of the type of communication and not only its content. A tweet and a verbal conversation are very different forms of communication and each has advantages and disadvantages. We must not only teach them how to use the communication tools, but when to use them and the consequences to the recipient and the messenger of each type of communication.
4. Calling. If God has created each student then He has done so for two purposes: to be in relationship with God and to have work here to do for God’s specific purposes. That means that every child is uniquely gifted and talented in the way God purposed and God does not make mistakes. Whether it is learning style, strengths and weaknesses or passions and abilities, the unique qualities of each student must be nurtured and they must be told in every way possible that they are called by God. Education is then a joint endeavor between student, teacher and parent to assist the child in understanding and utilizing their gifts.
In His Service,