This article evaluates the growth of Christian schools in the forty year period from 1945 to 1985. Included are reviews of crucial Supreme Court rulings, comments on changing attitudes toward public schools, a summary of the origins of Christian school associations, and a review of the growth of Christian publishing of textbooks and curriculum materials.
The problem of secularization has taken a stranglehold on many Christian families. This article examines ways that Christian schools can help parents develop strong, godly homes in which Christian character and biblical priorities mark all that is done.
This article examines a developmental model to help educators plan, design, and implement Christ-honoring curriculum. Educational goals, corporate goals, and departmental philosophy and goals are suggested. The article concludes by listing six criteria educators should use when evaluating Christian curriculum materials.
This article studies the importance of a biblically integrated world view to Christian educators. Principles of integration are reviewed. Then examples of integration are explored from various subject areas such as reading, literature, arts and crafts, health, physical education and sports, and science. The article concludes with a five-point inventory for biblical thinking.
Because teachers play such an important role in education, Christian schools must develop competitive methods of recruiting and retaining teachers. This article suggests ways that Christian school administrators can improve their abilities to identify, recruit, select, and incorporate teachers into their school faculties.
This article examines the problem of declining enrollments in Christian schools, Bible colleges, and liberal arts colleges. The author suggests several ways that these institutions can correct the problem by cooperating with one another.
This article looks at three financial charges leveled against Christian schools--charges of discrimination, pride, and high tuition costs. Solutions to these problems are considered, including scholarships, private funding, and financial aid. The article concludes by suggesting ways that Christian schools can strengthen their programs for vocational training and educating the learning disabled.
The author reviews and comments on the seven theme articles in this issue of the Journal. He concludes by identifying eight issues that are critical to the future of Christian schooling.
This article discusses the use of identity formation theory for youth ministry, based on the ideas of Erik Erikson and James Marcia. Identity theory is described and discussed in relationship to conversion and spiritual formation. The author shows what conversion brings to identity formation and how identity formation theory informs our understanding of conversion. Implications for the youth minister's style of service and for the church's development of youth programs are discussed.
This article asserts that the church is neglecting its educational function and, unless significant changes are soon made, its educational programs may be irreparably harmed and its future impact diminished. The author seeks to stimulate thought regarding the plight of church education.
Self-esteem is a fundamental determinant of emotional well-being and is of great interest to educators. However, research shows that Christian do not evidence higher self-esteem than non-Christians. Various explanations for this phenomenon are presented. Implications for parenting and discipling are addressed as well.