PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION
The underlying principles of Seventh-day Adventist education derive their base from God’s Word. From its inception, Adventist education had a distinct philosophy that began with God as Creator and man as a masterpiece of His creation, possessing a mind capable of grasping spiritual and intellectual truths.
Seventh-day Adventist education is a part of God’s plan for accomplishing His objective of restoring in man the image of God. Its primary objective is “To restore in man the image of His Maker, to bring him back to the perfection in which he was created to promote the development of body, mind, and soul; this was to be the work of redemption. This is the object of education, the great object of life.” Education, pp. 15, 16.
The true purpose of Seventh-day Adventist education is to develop the proper balance between the spiritual, intellectual, physical and practical aspects of life. “Education….is the harmonious development of the physical, mental, and spiritual powers. It prepares the student for the joy of service in this world and for wider service in the world to come.” Education, p. 13.
In the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and competence, the Bible is the most important single means for mental and spiritual growth, and Bible study lays a sure foundation for true education. Subject matter applicable to real life in any field should be wisely chosen in order to develop independent thinkers with righteous characters to promote an ever expanding capacity for development.
Seventh-day Adventist education provides an atmosphere of learning which is conductive to the optimum development of the complete student. It places in proper perspective the things of this life in relation to heavenly interests. It starts with students where they are and leads them on with the very best pedagogical techniques and strategies.
As we strive to preserve and transmit Seventh-day Adventist heritage and teaching, “We have nothing to fear for the future, except as we shall forget the way the Lord has led us, and His teachings in our past history.” Life Sketches, p. 196.