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Our philosophy plays an integral role in curriculum planning (design, content, implementation, monitoring, and feedback) because it is the essence of what we believe to be true about the world; and therefore, it directs what we emphasize to our students. It also directly impacts the methods by which we teach. For example, if we believe that all persons possess the imago dei and the Bible is our authority for right living , we will be compelled to treat them with respect, dignity, and love. We will see the potential in them; and, we will move them toward their vocational calling in Christ. Each student, faculty member, and community member will be deemed to be an important part of the educational process. We will not mindlessly teach a prescribed curriculum without consideration of what the Bible has to say about how we are to live and approach life. In this week’s assigned reading, Van Brummelen (2002) noted that there at least seven steps to planning a curriculum. Of these seven, I believe that steps one and five are the most significant for Christian educators. Step one suggested that educators should remember their aims and goals. Similar to what I posited in my opening paragraph, our aims and goals are directed by our worldviews. The Society of Christian Schools in British Columbia (1998) wrote,
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