Like much of the CCA experience and culture, our philosophy of education is distinctive. Cornerstone Christian Academy utilizes unique applications of biblically-mandated methods of education. Essentially, we believe in the transformational power of a living curriculum. We do so because we know the education parents provide for their students simply cannot be modeled after the traditions of men or principles of the world.
One way CCA accomplishes distinctive education is through our focus not merely on material in a textbook, but on teachers. In a very real sense, teachers are the interpreters for students, and they give meaning to knowledge and explanation to life experience. Though rational explanation of formal subject material is imperative, it is vital that educators also be "imitators of Christ." Consequently, teachers must be spiritually mature and growing believers - not just "good" role models. Teachers must not only know their subjects, but they must also know God, since "In Christ are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (Colossians 2:3). The only way to " bring [children] up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord" (Ephesians 6:4) is to possess such nurture within. How significant is this concept? God's Word clearly teaches that the student, in fact, becomes like his or her teacher (Luke 6:40). Since that is the case, Godly teachers will lead to Godly students. This is illustrated in Paul's instruction: "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me - put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you." We model what we know God expects from our students.
A second way we adhere to a Biblical education is in our presentation of God's total truth in the classroom. So-called non-Christian education is in actual fact anti-Christian, because it does not submit to the truth of Jesus Christ, nor does it submit to the framework of biblical authority. Teaching truth is expected of all teachers (Ephesians 4:25, 29). It is without escape--if God is the beginning of wisdom and the Author of all truth, it stands to reason that all subjects must be taught in the framework of biblical authority. Therefore, as the source and center of all truth, His Word is the point of influence by which to examine not only all other "knowledge," but even the very source of that knowledge. II Corinthians 10:5 removes all doubt and settles the matter efficiently, stating plainly that every thought and every perspective must be captured and brought under biblical obedience, purification, and alignment. This means our goal of education cannot end at developing human potential, but must also shape lives that will truly bring Him glory! So it is that we not only equip students with the skills to make a successful living, but the training to honor God effectively. Instruction predicated on His truth is essential to this goal.
Biblical instruction is imperative, but it is not enough that curriculum be an outgrowth of His truth. The living curriculum possesses that truth deeply, and manifests it boldly! To that end, our philosophy of education also includes a proactive approach to the "world" in which God put us. This distinctive approach sets the example of acknowledging and meeting the challenges the world presents to us as believers. Moreover, we thank God for the responsibility. Despite debate, a truly biblical philosophy of education cannot pray " your kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven" and then shrink back from it. It is neither biblical nor possible to retreat from our world. We are created in His image, and God teaches that our most fundamental relationship is with Him, the Creator and Sustainer of all things. We teach students to initiate impact, redemption, and transformation, and to embrace the totality of what God offers them in their time on earth, and in their society. Each student is born with amazing talent and purpose, and God commands that His gifts be put to use. For CCA students, encroaching worldliness is both their challenge... and their opportunity!
In II Corinthians 3:2 Paul states, "you yourselves are a letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody." That's our philosophy! It is biblically-focused, built on Godly instruction, and it engages this world. It thoroughly instructs both knowledge and life, doing so in word and in deed. God's Word goes on to say, "you show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit, written on human hearts." This indeed, summarizes our earnest prayer and pursuit as we educate students who will impact the world for the glory of God.