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The Principle Approach®

 

教育的原则方法®侧重于一致和有序的教与学. The goal is to build a student’s Christian character and sense of self-government, Christian scholarship, and Biblical reasoning for lifelong learning and discipleship.

 

  • Has its philosophical origins in the Bible
  • 圣经的教与学教学法是否揭示了独特的方法论
  • 揭示神的品格和本性,正如圣经所启示的,并在造物主身上彰显的
  • Discovers the purposes of God for man and government
  • Is applicable to all times and cultures

As Christians, the Principle Approach helps us mature in the knowledge of God (His purposes and ways), preparing us to advance the Kingdom of Christ to the uttermost parts of the earth. As American Christians, 原则方法使我们能够辨明我们国家赖以建立的《BCK体育注册官网》中的政府原则, thereby, empowering us to restore what has been systematically dismantled over generations.

The heart of the Principle Approach teaches students to reason from biblical truth, or principles, and to make application to every area of life. Every class at Dayspring Christian Academy begins with God’s Word. From the Divine language of mathematics to the hand of Providence in history, each subject is taught from the perspective of God as Author. 学生学习圣经的原则,导致每个主题的起源和目的的发现,以及上帝如何使用男人和国家推进他的王国. The purpose of education, under this philosophy, is to enlighten the understanding, shape the character, form the habits of discipline, and prepare young men and women to fulfill their God-given potential.

学生被教导从圣经的原则来思考和推理,并将它们应用到生活的各个领域. Students are taught how to think, not what to think. In the setting of the Christian school, these principles are initially taught within the context of the various school subjects, offering a clear picture of the character and nature of the God who authored them. Students engage in the 4Rs of learning—Research, Reason, Relate, and Record—as a methodology that builds a biblical worldview. The notebook is developed as a record of a living curriculum, taught and modeled by the teacher, as well as researched and reasoned by the student. 笔记本成为未来学习的资源,同时提供持久学术研究的证据.

Classical Curriculum

The Principle Approach employs a classical curriculum that includes logic, rhetoric, hermeneutics, Latin and Greek, classical literature, and the providential view of history. A原则方法教育将文科作为通过科学和人文学科研究形成完整人的一种手段, the fine and performing arts, and athletics. Beyond the regular school curriculum, 原则方法专门检查和指导学生在政府的圣经原则, teaching them to think governmentally, from cause to effect, from internal to external. 学生们认识到,在我们国家,个人享有的自由程度与上帝话语的圣经原则被接受和遵循的程度直接相关.

Historical Method of Education

“原则教育”是美国建国前两百年盛行的教育方式. 这种方法造就了能够根据圣经的政府原则进行推理的男男女女,形成了世界上第一个基督教立宪联邦共和国——美利坚合众国. This great experiment was built upon the Christian ideas of God, man, and government, 它为当时的个人体验提供了最大程度的自由.

The Biblical Principles Upon Which America Was Founded

God’s Principle of Individuality: There is one God who is sovereign over all Creation. Everything in God’s universe is an expression of His character, His nature, His infinity, and His individuality.

The Principle of Christian Self-Government: Allowing Christ to rule in one’s heart internally. 一个人所享有的自由与他按照神的话语来管理自己的程度直接相关.

The Seed Principle: Moving from cause to effect, 地方基督教自治的种子在个人的内心深处播种,然后向外移动,影响家庭, the church, and the civil spheres.

The Principle of Christian Character: A self-governing republic requires a virtuous people in order to endure.

The Christian Idea of Civil Government: 公民政府考虑到人的罪恶本性,其存在是为了保障上帝赋予个人的权利. Civil government is based upon God’s law, not the will of the people.

The Christian Principle of Property: That for which one labors, becomes his property. 个人在他的思想和信仰以及他的物质财产中都拥有财产. “Conscience is our most sacred property.”1

The Principle of Unity: Unity with diversity is a reflection of the nature of God, revealed in the Trinity and creatively expressed in the universe. Internal unity produces external union. 这些和其他圣经原则对于维持我们共和国的完整至关重要. If we forget or abandon these principles, we will become, as colonial governor John Winthrop said, “a byword among the nations.”2

1 James Madison, Chief architect of the U.S. Constitution.
2 John Winthrop, A Model of Christian Charity, 1630.

Orations

在黎明基督教学院的原则方法教育的独特属性之一是每年的写作和演讲. The oration is a two-step process, the writing phase and the public speaking phase. It is challenging, but rewarding. 我们的校长演讲比赛的决赛选手被选中在活动中发表演讲,包括爱国者庆祝晚宴和记住美国演讲系列. At Dayspring, we think it is important to ask questions. Students are taught to seek original and primary sources, ask the question “why?” and relentlessly pursue truth. 对Dayspring的学生来说,学会表达自己的信仰,并用书面和口头表达出来是很重要的. The oration process is a hallmark of the Principle Approach. Each spring, 学生就自己选择的主题写一篇有说服力的演讲,并必须在秋季校长演讲比赛期间提交. 主题是我们的学生通过书面和口头语言学习有效沟通的热情信念.

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The Classics

原则教学法起源于美国早期的古典基督教教育模式, whereas the more common classical education is based in the medieval European system. There are broad similarities between the two approaches, but there are substantial differences in the methods. While the American colonial and founding generations knew and drew from the classics, 他们更直接地从圣经中取材,因为它涉及到公民生活的各个方面, including government, personal property, and Christian character development. You can learn more about this in our blog, What is a Principle Approach School?

At Dayspring, students learn through the classical discipline of logic, 是什么在真理的机制中锻炼学生,使他们能够通过思想来发展成熟的观点.

In rhetoric, 学生学习有说服力的沟通,以更好地捍卫自己的信仰,并将自己定位为上帝可能召唤他们的领导者.

解释学提供了对圣经原文的解释和诠释.

作为一所原则性的学校,黎明教育学生使用主要的和原始的资料. So, the classical languages of Latin and New Testament Greek are taught. As students learn New Testament Greek, they are able to go into the original Greek text and read Scripture as it was written, while Latin forms the basis for understanding many English words. It provides good structure for categorizing English words and understanding meanings, suffixes, prefixes. Latin supports the English language.

The Notebook Method

The Notebook Method is the method of scholars. It is counterintuitive to today’s culture of quick returns, instant information, and learning at the surface. It takes discipline and work ethic.

笔记本法是学生创造力的产物,也是他生产力的永久记录. 它帮助家长和老师监督孩子的进步,并直观地展示孩子的性格发展, diligence, and responsibility of the student.

Dayspring students use technology as a tool in keeping electronic notebooks. Electronic notebooks must be orderly, with separate folders for each subject. The same principles of the Notebook Method apply to electronically kept notebooks.

传统学校采用的方法通常包括反刍学习,最终目标是掌握考试. After the test is over, there may be little record of learning. 笔记本方法与“原则方法”的理念“一致而有序的教学和生产力”保持一致.” When a child is finished with a subject, he has a complete record of what he has learned, and has a visual representation of his accomplishments. To learn more about the Notebook Method, read about the Notebook Method on our blog!

A Providential View of History

There are two ways to view history: through the secular lens or through the lens of God. The secular view of history holds the view that man is in control. The opposite view is that God is in control and is actively involved in the lives of men. The latter is often referred to as the providential view of history.

我们的历史研究成为真正的基督教当学生学会认识到上帝的手作为事件的原因. 从这个角度来看,学生们明白上帝对每个国家和每个人都有一个计划. 学生学习看到,因为神在过去使用普通人,他现在也在做同样的事情. 学生学会问,如果这是神对这些人的计划,那么他对我的计划是什么?

Learn more about Providential history in this blog. 

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