"Children are created in the image of God, which means they have the capacity to love, to make moral and rational decisions, and to be creative. Education should seek to address all aspects of the human person. At the same time children are a product of the fall, and therefore prone to sin and in need of moral and intellectual direction. As a result students need to be taught true from false and right from wrong. Just as the apostle Paul writes, our students should be encouraged to pursue whatever is right, whatever is true, whatever is noble and whatever is pure. Education should equip students to take up their vocation in obedience to Christ’s cultural mandate. Each child should understand that God has given him or her special gifts to make a unique contribution to humanity’s task of reversing the effects of the fall and extending the Lordship of Christ in the world. (Pearcey, 2005, pg. 129)
The Christian school is a necessary response by the Christian community to again claim the responsibility for training children in the Truth. Any education apart from the Word of God, neglects what is true, and what is right. All truth comes from God and as He grants us wisdom and understanding, this same truth eventually leads us back to Him. To pursue truth is to pursue God.
Education is more than an accumulation of knowledge and skills enabling us to pursue a career and or life style that will bring us contentment, wealth and happiness. C.S. Lewis warned us that if we only train the intellect we will create “men without chests”, who are unable to maintain control of the stomach. Education is about growth. It changes a person, it builds character, it affects the way we see the world around us. Education that is integrated with the word of God is all about bringing us to a place of knowing God better. Knowing God is the primary directive for every Christian and therefore the cornerstone of sound Christian education.
Excerpted from the preschool's website