• • • • • • SCHOOL DISTINCTIVES • • • • • •
What makes G.O.D. Elementary distinct?
Our program efforts are based on an understanding that…
Students are created in the Image of God
Because we believe students are created in the image of God, we aim to offer a Theological Education that produces self-awareness, invokes responsibility, defines limits, enhances critical thought processes, and matures perspective. Though people are created in the image of God, they are by no means God, so as finite beings it’s important that the student is matured into the image they were created in, as revealed and made visible in the son, Jesus of Nazareth, the image of the invisible God. A beneficial theological education then, not only teaches the student about God, but teaches the student how to image God - to be a moral being, a good person.
Students are Moral Beings
Because we believe that students are moral beings, we offer an Ethical Education that focuses on the students responsibility to do their part in the world to make it a healthy environment. An ethical education gives the student an opportunity to critically consider the difference between right and wrong, the resultant consequences of either position, and the power human beings possess to choose—to do good, or to do bad.
Students are Creative Beings
Because we believe that students are creative beings, we emphasize the development of creativity, particularly within the framework of a Wisdom and Language Education. Having a Biblical view on creativity, we refuse the position that creativity is simply doing whatever it is that you want to do, in any way that you feel it should be done. Instead, we teach that Biblical creativity culminates in the development of wisdom and the ability to harness the power of language.
The Bible teaches that God created the world by his words and that the process of creation itself, revealed that the resultant order was a manifestation of God’s wisdom. Having been created in the image of God, the human being cannot create something out of nothing, but they have been given the power to name the world around them (Language) and order it (Wisdom) accordingly. A Linguistic (Language) and Philosophical (Wisdom) education is necessary for students to develop the ability to rightly order the world around them by a precise articulation of a world they hope to see.
Students are Social Beings
Because we believe that students are social beings, we emphasize Collaborative Education as a way within which students can develop the necessary social skills to experience peaceful relationships and harmonious environments. A collaborative education gives students instruction in the development of interpersonal skills for efficient relational exchanges between people and groups.
It also offers the opportunity for students to practice the kind of cooperation where strengths and weaknesses are balanced out by the diversity of participants in an unified, collaborative effort to accomplish more than what an individual could do on their own.
Students are Discursive Beings
Because we believe students are discursive beings, we offer an Education in Communications; written, spoken, performed or recorded. Students learn there are multiple modes for communication and that each mode has it’s strengths for particular situations and specific audiences. Students are given many practical opportunities to harness the power to communicate within these many modes, including publications like a yearbook or newsletter; performance opportunities like puppet shows or dramas; presentation opportunities like sharing about their family vacation with a powerpoint. Finally, students and are taught the power of narrative and how storytelling is the most impactful angle to take within any of the above mentioned modes of communication.
Students are Technological Beings
Because we believe that students are technological beings, meaning that they are capable of taking resources in their environment and manipulating them to be used to make life easier, a Technological Education teaches students that it’s natural to search for ways to manipulate the world around them in order to benefit others and make life more enjoyable. However, we also recognize that such an effort needs ethical consideration, so a technological education considers not just the math, science or method, but also the social, moral and theological aspects of the effort.
Students are Individual Personalities
Because we believe that students are individuals, we emphasize Individuated Education where the particularities of the student, their strengths, talents, curiosities or practices determine how they receive their education. In such an environment, any subject matter could be taught, but the emphasis lies on teaching the student as an individual person and not just teaching the course material in general to any student. This necessitates both a flexibility within the curriculum and an adjustment of the common concept of the “ideal student.” By making this shift in thinking, a more refined approach takes into consideration the particularities of the student and allows for the curriculum to be bent to the needs of the student. In that case, the same subject matter can be taught in several different ways all in the same classroom. In such a classroom, diversity of thinking is celebrated and sharpened.