Christian education is gaining ground in Australia, and Excelsia’s online Master of Education graduates are perfectly positioned to fill the growing demand for Christian teachers and leaders. Quality Christian schools embrace the best that the secular educational sphere has to offer, while holding to cherished values that set them apart as leaders in Australia’s educational landscape. Excelsia College's professor, Dr Peter Stiles, recently shared some of the qualities that set Christian schools apart.
1. Christian schools embrace a central belief system that gives both students and teachers a sense of direction, confidence and purpose in their educational pursuits. While many secular schools lack a unifying, driving standard, a Christian school’s biblical worldview provides cohesion and consistency.
2. Because of Scripture’s teaching that all people are made in the image of God, Christian schools emphasise an attitude of acceptance where every student is seen as intrinsically worthy of respect and care.
3. Christian schools emphasise servant leadership, which is recognised even in the secular culture as an important leadership trait. Christian teachers provide a powerful example of Christ-like servant leadership in the classroom through their honesty, integrity and genuine concern for others.
4. Christian schools are better able to avoid “tall poppy syndrome”. Rather than focusing on those with exceptional gifts, a Christian environment emphasises that all talents should be encouraged and fostered as God-given abilities. Whether they excel in athletics, academics, ministry, art, music or other extracurricular activities, students are encouraged to keep a humble and teachable spirit while maximising their gifts for God’s glory.
5. Research from Beth Green of Cardus Institute Canada has shown that Christian schools do a better job of raising students’ awareness of the needs of the marginalised and disadvantaged – both in their own communities and across the globe. Many Christian schools offer local ministry projects as well as overseas missions trips, which open students’ eyes to the deep spiritual and physical needs of those less fortunate than themselves.
6. Christian schools take a more holistic approach to education, emphasising the importance of the family and the Church in reaching the goal of developing a student’s spiritual, academic, emotional and physical maturity. Many Christian parents want their children to receive thoughtful, gospel-centric and consistent training in each of these spheres of life so that they are better prepared to face the spiritual pressures of university, the workforce and broader culture.
While public schools find their hands tied by postmodernism and a pluralism of perspectives, Christian schools are free to encourage the development of the whole child through distinctly Christian character-building. The emphasis on pursuing personal excellence, academic achievement, servant leadership and enriching students’ lives outside the classroom has enhanced the reputation and leadership potential of Christian schools. Christian teachers are in high demand, and Excelsia’s online Masters in education will give you the practical tools, biblical worldview foundation and hands-on experience you need to thrive in today’s Christian school.
Dr Peter Stiles is the Acting Head of Education at Excelsia College and he recently shared these thoughts in the webinar 'Christian schools as leaders in Australia's education landscape'. You can listen to the webinar below.