The core of Huntsville Christian Academy (HCA) is the Word of God, and learning to view life from His perspective. Our educational philosophy is centered on the understanding that God has given only two institutions the responsibility to educate; home and church.
The Christian home and church has the primary responsibility to educate children. God commands His disciples to teach their children His precepts; “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words, which I command you today, shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently unto your children, and you shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when thou rise up.” Deuteronomy 6:4-7.
Education is life. Without the Author or life being at the foundation of education, all knowledge is in vain. God never intended for the government to get involved in education. Its functions are only civil duties, not education. God did not bring the children of Israel out of the bondage of ungodly taskmasters and lead them to the land flowing with milk and honey, only to, then, allow them to send their children back to Egypt to be educated in the ways of ungodly, humanistic philosophy.
Children are a heritage of the Lord and must be trained up in the ways they should go… learning the commands of God from the only authoritative instruction manual, the Bible. This philosophy of Christian education asserts that all truth is God’s truth, and those committed to learn the truth must separate from the world in its secular educational philosophy.
What defines a school, as a Christian vs. secular school, is its philosophy of education, not just the name Christian on its stationary or advertising. The Christian school endeavors to teach life from God’s perspective. The secular school teaches a worldview from a humanistic point of reference. The Christian school stands in stark contrast with the secular school in presentation of where life begins and to whom man is accountable. The Christian school teaches that the Word of God is the revelation and laws, of the Creator, with specific instructions on how to relate to Him. The sacred Scriptures are the central theme that must be woven within the pages of its educational curriculum.
The Christian school requires that teachers be “called and spiritually endowed” to teach as stated in Ephesians 4:11-12, “and He gave some… as teachers; for the equipping of the saints, for the work of the ministry.” A Christian teacher demands a “holy calling” (2 Timothy 1:9). It is a calling that requires living above reproach, knowing that we will give an account to our creator. The teacher must demonstrate a commitment to labor under less than ideal conditions. Often the Christian teacher sacrifices financially in order to teach in a Christian school. All in all, the Christian teacher must be comfortable in making his/her calling and election sure by drawing upon the power of the Holy Spirit and all available resources to guide his/her students. The Christian teacher is the spiritual backbone of the classroom and school.
The WIDWID (why I do what I do) of a Christian teacher at HCA must be in agreement with the above principles and philosophy. Christian teachers are mentors, instructors, coaches, and counselors that teach life from the Book of Life, written by the Author of Life, that each student may experience Eternal Life.
If the Christian teacher does not influence his/her students to develop a worldview that is consistent with God’s point of view, that teacher has miserably failed.