From the advertisement for the Homeschooling Leadership Summit:
“Another objective for the leadership summit will be the development of a Christian Education Manifesto statement. After 1000 years of a secular, Greek education model first taking the university, then later capturing K-12 childhood education, home educators are recovering the biblical discipleship paradigm. The 2009 Summit will include discussion on this Manifesto.”
Manifesto: “ A manifesto is a public declaration of the purpose, principles, or plan of action of a group or individual.”
Summit: “the highest point, part, or elevation; top or apex, the highest degree or state; acme; the highest level of officials; specif., in connection with diplomatic negotiations, the level restricted to heads of government a meeting at the summit; a conference at the summit.” (The advertisement for the Homeschooling Leadership Summit had the tall peak of a mountain as its logo.)
This document was passed on to me by John Holzmann and as I understand him, was handed out by Kevin Swanson at the end of the homeschooling leadership summit weekend with his apologies for not having done more work on it. He also referred to it as a “draft outline.” There was no organized discussion of it during the “summit” and Kevin asked for feedback to be sent to him.
A MANIFESTO FOR CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
The Basic Elements
The beginning of wisdom and knowledge in the education of our children is the fear of God.
All education assumes and presents a basic worldview, and Christian education is based on a biblical, God-centered worldview.
The primary purpose of education is to equip our children to live to the glory of God.
It is the family – not the state or the church – whom God has assigned the responsibility and attendant rights to educate their children.
Parents are the principal and primary instructors for their children.
The training in humility -and fear, faith and character is preeminent and inseparably integrated in the intellectual development of a child.
The Core Curriculum
The Word of God is the primary textbook for our children’s education.
Therefore, we affirm that education is discipleship, and Christian Education is Deuteronomy 6:7. And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. Deuteronomy 6:7
So, I am left confused and somewhat in awe of this. Any thoughts? My first one is that I think they NEEDED the moms!