Aiming for Christian Education, Settling for Christians Educating: The Christian School's Replication of a Public School Paradigm

John E. Hull

John E. Hull distinguishes between Christian education and Christians educating to show that the distinctive character attributed to Christian schools by their vision statements is often not evident in practice. He explores two possible explanations for this gap: powerful obstacles stand in the way, or the very idea of a biblical model of education is misguided. After reflecting on the conceptual categories commonly used to define Christian education and the vast literature addressing school reform, he concludes that Christian school educators are stymied by wrong-headed thinking on their part and by an intractable educational paradigm. In the end he supports a distinctive Christian education that is expressed in five key areas of the school experience. Mr. Hull is a member of the Education Department at The King's University College.

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