“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” (Psalm 32: 8)
God has a purpose for our lives. Over the three years from 2011 – 2014 God has called more than 50 teachers from 7 Christian schools of the Swan Christian Education Association (SCEA) to combine our efforts to develop the SCEA Biblical Foundations Curriculum Framework.
The purpose of the framework is to enable rigorous, consistent, sequential, age-appropriate teaching of the Bible in our schools from K-12. It builds on the best practice in our schools, nationally and internationally (so you may recognise some themes that your school already cover), whilst also encouraging us all to aspire to excellence in Biblical teaching.
The Bible as foundation is central to our understanding of Christian Education. God’s word underpins our teaching right across the curriculum, leading to the holistic integration of a Christian Worldview/Biblical concepts into all subject areas. But Worldview teaching is not enough on its own. We also need to teach the Bible itself as a core text.
If we include Biblical concepts and values into all subject areas, then why teach the Bible as a separate subject? The answer is that the Bible, while reliable in all that it touches on, was not given as a book of chemistry, physics, language or any other subject. Neither was it given as a self-help book, a book we go to in order to get answers for our problem, as if God was simply Father Christmas or a super psychiatrist. No, God has his own plans, his own purpose, his own specific message He wants us to know and embrace. This message is found in the Bible, and to know it we must study the Bible for its own sake, and on its own terms, and not simply to meet a need in some other area. Hence, while being the foundation for all subject areas, the Bible itself remains a distinct subject area on its own where we seek to humble ourselves before God and hear what he wants to tell us about his plans.
This curriculum framework identifies key Biblical concepts to be taught at different ages from Kindy to year 12 in Biblical Foundations lessons. In addition, teaching resources has been developed for each of the topics identified in the framework. The curriculum framework is being presented on this online collaborative curriculum development platform to enable teachers from different schools to continue sharing teaching resources and thereby build up a rich databank of Christian Education resources.
Soli Deo Gloria – For the glory of God alone