World View and philosophy of life is like a pair of glasses through which people overlooks the world. This is like the lens through which people filter and prioritize the sorts of facts that people consider sensible in life. This helps decide the direction one needs to take as a view of the world. Whether to take it with sadness or with joy. The view and people have about life may tell individuals whether to view the world fact with joy or positively. The same may tell world to ignore the world facts altogether. This is the foundation in which individuals build their life structure.
Provision of education opportunities to individuals influence their lives in a number of ways irrespective of the form of education offered. As such, education is useful in ensuring individuals are able to influence majority of the people they interact with. Education in most cases influence the lives of the people who would otherwise be deemed less important in their communities, or individuals who would not help their communities in either way as they would be deemed deficient of knowledge to contribute to issues that would stir their communities to different avenues of transformation or influence the lives of the people. Education is very vital in the transformation of lives of individuals. Thus there is need to ensure teacher learner relationship is enhanced to promote effective learning and better education.
Education therefore does not only influence the individual lives but also the lives of immediate family members as well as those around the educated individual. That said, the believe in the notion that education is a great resource in opening the doors in most situations that would otherwise be deemed impossible, is legit. In that regard, education is a great tool in the transformation of various people’s lives from childhood to their various stages in life. People thus need to acquire a caliber of education that would help them achieve their lifetime dream of bringing an impact to their lives and lives of many that would otherwise be deemed less important in the society.
Philosophy of schools and learning
According to Botor and Ortinero (1998) education demands the joyful fulfillment of one’s specific destiny and duty which is possible only through natural maturing of a person as he passes childhood, adolescence and as he fulfils his responsibility to his family and community. Education has been a part of the ancient cultures and the daily life of every person. Education is considered a significant part of the day-to-day activities, a part of the social interaction, man’s beliefs and his relationship with God and the universe. Education represents the science of right reasoning wherein it has been a widely accepted principle that the universe is operates under the direction of a moral law where man is the center of the universe. The basic Christian education cannot only be found in the Bible since Christian philosophy does not only talk about moral and spiritual instruction of its believers. Hence, Christian philosophy is part of the spiritual training that will discipline the human body and mind where a person’s soul represents the absolute soul (Borot and Ortinero, 1998).
Thesis Statement: The philosophy of Christian education includes the moral and spiritual fruits of the teachings of God through his works which defines the ultimate purpose of education.
Worldview & Philosophy of Life
Education is considered a combination of the act of self-interest and worldliness. Christian philosophy of education is one that gives a high importance on the knowledge and spiritual teachings of God and of His works. The Christian school movement at this modern time will require the complete understanding of this movement by studying the philosophy of education (Horton, 1992, p.1). In order to attain this deeper understanding, the first step is to conduct a presentation of the fundamental elements and beliefs of Christian education; which is followed by the application of such beliefs to the goals and objectives of the Christian school (Horton, 1992).
Biblical Context of Christianity
The Bible cannot be considered as man’s own creation since it is the book which tells us how God created all things around us even before humans existed. It was through God, who showed Himself to man when he spoke to man through his divine word that can be found in the Old and New Testaments to inform man about his miraculous works. The Christian faith’s core is God’s self-revelation to man about the truth of his purpose for man and how God had completely revealed about his eternal life. These are the revelations that become the very substance of Christian education (Horton, 1992). Through the inspired words of the Bible, the spiritual manifestation and identity of man can be made manifest given the contexts that the Bible explains about the true reflection and identity of man. Pure and without blemish. A true reflection of the creator, God. Through the inspired words of the Lord ware all that were made became perfect. As such, man being a true reflection and identity of God is perfect and without any form of error. God’s purpose for the man is ideal and always gives the sons and daughter that which is important in their daily growth and development.
The first significant biblical passage can be seen in Gen. 1:26-271 where God revealed that he “created man in His own image and likeness” (Horton, 1992). The image that God created of him is represented by a man and a woman. God created man in an instant and did not have to undergo the common evolutionary process. The fact that man possesses the divine image by showing the image of God image physically includes also the intrinsic qualities such as moral, intellectual, and emotional capabilities, the capacity to interact with society and other distinct qualities.
The belief in the real image of God as reflected by man alienates man from other material senses. Man is created in the image and likeness of God as such, man is spiritual and eternal. The revelation in the scripture therefore declares man as free from any form of error. This means that man is completely free from any form of sickness. Since God is never sick or dying and man being a true reflection of God, the spiritual entity of man is never sick, sinning or dying.
Man’s image of God in man was blemished after man disobeyed the order of God by eating the fruit of the poisonous tree. Man decided to break the rule of his creator by when he was tempted by Satan. This was shown in the book of Genesis when man became rebellious against God. Under Genesis verse 3 the rebellion of man known as “the fall of man” became the downfall of all creation and mankind when man committed sin. All human beings are born essentially evil, not essentially good, since they have inherited the evil nature of Adam, who committed the original sin. This passage was taken from Psalm 51:5 and Romans 5:12 (Horton, 1992). The beginning of the fallen man is after the deceitful act of the snake by the after the fruit saga in the Garden of Eden as explained in the Old Testament. Man’s image and wholeness gets distorted at this section of the Bible after they get deceived by the serpent. The serpent here represent a liar and a non-reflection of the true entities of the creator. This marks the beginning of the man’s fallen glory in the Genesis creation stories and from this on, man is subjected to various sufferings since they hearkened to the deceitful words of the serpent.
According to Kanuka, Smith and Kellend (2013), there are various reasons why students who are exposed to educational technology at present should be able to fully comprehend the true essence of Christian philosophy of education and teaching. With the rising participation of technology in the field of education, the philosophy of education had evolved over the years.
Technological advancement has definitely impacted every way in which people live. Technology has influenced every facet in life and has been able to redefine living among different people. Through technology, various ways in which people view Christianity and Christian living has also been greatly influenced. Technology thus influences every sphere of an individual’s life. Christian philosophy of education therefore has influenced Christianity in various ways. Through modern technology complex and critical processes have been carried out with ease and with greater efficiency therefore the life that people live has changed and it has not only changed but it has changed for better.
The belief that most countries have advanced in many cases is not in any way a fallacy. However, other countries still need help since they lack the relevant knowledge to help them improve since they lack the much needed factor that in most cases is the human capital. However without the appropriate education and adequate teachers, the human capital required may not be available as the education systems may not be that strong to help advance the various education levels required. Therefore when individuals require the appropriate education they are able to or do away with the lack of human capital that hinders their advancements, they are able to improve their respective countries. This is only made possible through the acquisition of the required education that is useful in their personal beliefs as well as those that would help revitalize their societies, cities and nations. Achievement of these various forms of education help in providing the great assets useful in the growth and development of the country as well as help impact lives of others that may not have received the same opportunity.
In conclusion therefore, education is a major pillar in the economic development of many countries. Just as planning for harvest begins with sowing of a seed, education is very vital in the development of most countries and even the development of the individual’s life as a whole. Therefore, the development of countries and individual’s sense of awareness calls for education of the individual’s whole being. As a philosophers who encompasses a world view in thoughts and arguments, acquisition of skills through education is important. Therefore with the education offered to one for instance in Christian Philosophy of education, an individual is able to have a strong investment on themselves as an asset as well as a physical capital that will in the future after their education create a great return to help improve their country.
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