As for the things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” – Phil. 4:9 (NASB)
I do not know about you, but I grew up with a lot of cousins. My dad had four brothers and sisters while my mom had four as well. Our family socials were full of many games, competitions, and spirited “dust-ups.” We also did not grow up with a lot of money or physical possessions, though we had all we needed and a few of the things we wanted. One thing I had a lot of were “hand-me-downs.” I rarely had new clothes as my oldest cousins received that benefit. While I resented that situation when I was younger, I really appreciate it now.
“Hand-me-downs” can extend beyond the physical things to even more important things like beliefs, values, and worldviews. A person can hold one of two possible general worldviews – a God-centered worldview or a man-centered worldview. An individual’s worldview is primarily determined by that of his teacher(s).
Everyone who teaches others influences them in three ways:
1. their content, what they say;
2. their communication, how they say it; and
3. their conduct, how they live.
Contrary to what you may have heard, there is no such thing as “value-neutral” education! To educate from such a supposed position, would actually support a man-centered worldview formation. You can not remove God from education without replacing Him with man as god. No teacher can teach out of a philosophical vacuum. Their beliefs and values will come out and these will help shape the beliefs and values of those they teach.
In short, every teacher “hands down” their worldview – without exception. What “hand-me-downs” are your children wearing around their minds and hearts? At LCA, our teachers teach from a Biblical worldview. We hand down the Truth of God every day!
Kevin Mosley is in his first year as Associate Head of School at Legacy Christian Academy in Frisco, Texas, having served the last 9 years as Upper School Principal. An innovative academic leader of 25 years, his record includes managing top-performing teams to cultivate student leaders and promote successful preparation for college and beyond. He is focused on engaging with students and educators in Christian schools and is committed to providing Christ-centered leadership through collaboration and transformational vision.
Legacy Christian Academy is Frisco's preeminent Pre-K through 12 Christian school committed to educating students in a college preparatory environment balanced in academics, athletics, and fine arts–all within the context of a biblical worldview. For more information on Legacy, visit our admissions page.