Philosophy of Education
Philosophy, as defined by Noah Webster, means "...an explanation of the reason of things, or an investigation of the causes of all phenomena." The philosophy of education at Christian Heritage Academy is founded upon the principles of Christ in God's Word, because we desire that our explanation of the reason and cause of all things be true. This philosophy gives direction as to why we teach, what we teach, and how we teach; thus our curriculum and methodology are both distinctively Christian.
Yet, as we follow the chain of Christianity throughout history, we can see that the links move continually west. Great advancements in civilization and government follow the spread of the Gospel from Asia into Europe and across the sea onto the shores of America. Yes, the United States is an established link upon that westward chain, and our forefathers realized the Gospel purpose of America and its people--to exemplify and propagate liberty, both internal and external, that freedom which is only found in our Lord Jesus. Thus, we keep our country's Gospel heritage and purpose before our students, revealing evidence that our philosophy is not only distinctively Christian but also distinctively American.
While some educational methods are child-centered and others are subject-centered, Christian Heritage Academy holds to the Principle Approach to American Christian Education. The Principle Approach is America's historic Christian method of Biblical reasoning which makes the truths of God's Word the basis of every subject in the school curriculum.
The emphasis of this approach is to put our learning into a framework of principles and leading ideas and then relate these facts to the enfoldment of those principles and ideas in the subject. A foundation is laid in the curriculum for all subjects and is subsequently built upon year after year. In this approach, an emphasis is put on higher order thinking skills, organizational and study skills, research from original source documents and formal writing assignments across the curriculum. Christian Heritage Academy offers several honors classes and all courses are taught with a high degree of difficulty.
Notebook methodology is in direct contrast with the contemporary workbooks filling the educational book shelves. In these workbooks, students do little work..., and they do not have to reflect or think upon what is within themselves. They are required only to react to selected, controlled, external stimuli. Notebook methodology brings to the surface students' powers of response, memory, and reasoning. For as they work, so by their notebooks should their labors be known. Students, in their work, are required to answer, in writing and in oral recitation, with truths learned from rote and discovered by reasoning. Complete sentence answers and essays are the means used for expressing independent and original thought.