Educational Philosophy

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  1. The philosophy of education of Regents Academy is founded on the Bible which is accepted as the authoritative, infallible Word of God for all areas of faith and life. The Scriptures declare the existence of the Triune God, the creation and providential control of the universe by God through Jesus Christ, and God’s creation of man in His own image.
  2. As Creator and Sustainer of the universe, God has not only established all facts, but also the meaning of all facts.  All truth is God’s truth.  The goal of true education is to find the true relationship between both God and man and God and all of the particular details of the universe.  To be known truly, all subjects must be studied in the light of God’s Word. All truth is ultimately religious, and all education must be conducted in light of God’s perspective on the subject.  To assume that any area of knowledge can be known truly apart from God’s revelation of Himself is to undermine the foundations of all knowledge.
  3. Man bears the image of God; therefore, he stands above the rest of creation in his unique capacity to know and respond to God personally, to glorify Him, and to exercise dominion over the created order.  Man is a sinner by nature and choice.  As a result, he cannot know or honor God except by submitting his mind and will to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.  Being restored in knowledge, righteousness, and holiness in Christ, redeemed man can then obey God’s will.  The philosophy of education of Regents Academy presupposes this submission of mind and will as the foundation of all true knowledge, understanding, and wisdom.  This philosophy of education further maintains that to attempt to understand the universe apart from Scripture will naturally lead many to fail to comprehend reality.
  4. As a Christian school, Regents Academy is committed to the classical model of education.  The classical model of education involves both the educational method as well as content of the academic studies.  This method conducts students through the stages of grammar, logic, and rhetoric in all subject areas.  Collectively, these three stages have been called the Trivium. Grammar, logic, and rhetoric correspond to the Biblical concepts of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. The grammar of a subject consists of the fundamental rules and details of that subject.  The logic of a subject focuses upon the ordered relationship in each subject; that is, the understanding of how the facts and details are related.  At the rhetoric stage of learning, the student should be able to present a clear expression of the grammar and logic of the subject; that is, he should be able to talk, write, and think intelligently about the subject.  In terms of content, Regents Academy requires the study of theology, logic, rhetoric, Latin, literature, history, and the higher mathematics and sciences.
  5. Regents Academy recognizes that Scripture grants the responsibility and authority of educating children to parents.  The Christian school operates in loco parentis, that is, in the place of the parents; therefore, Regents Academy exists as an agency to assist parents in fulfilling their duties.  The Christian school’s role supports the ministry of churches by maintaining sound doctrine and by equipping students with the intellectual skills necessary for understanding doctrine and for vocational development.
  6. In order that the student may fulfill God’s total purpose for his life, personally and vocationally, the education process is a means used by the Holy Spirit to do the following:
    1. Bring the student into fellowship with God;
    2. Advance the student in spiritual maturity;
    3. Assist the student in developing an analytical Christian mind;
    4. Enable the student to think God’s thoughts after Him;
    5. Help the student achieve Christ-like character qualities.
  7. Definitions:
    1. Trivium:  A three-part program for education dating back to the Middle Ages, with roots in the Greek and Roman civilizations.  It consists of grammar, logic, and rhetoric (defined below); the Trivium was “rediscovered” by Dorothy Sayers in her article “The Lost Tools of Learning.”
    2. Grammar:  The fundamental rules and particulars (i.e., facts or details) of each subject.  In Biblical terminology, this corresponds to what is often called “knowledge.”
    3. Logic:  The ordered relationship of particulars in each subject, that is, understanding how the facts and details are related and how they fit together.  The Biblical term for the logic stage is “understanding.”
    4. Rhetoric:  The clear expression of the grammar and logic of each subject, which means that the student should be able to talk, write, and think intelligently about a subject.  The Biblical term for rhetoric is “wisdom.”
  8. Latin at Regents AcademyFor several decades the teaching of Latin was an integral part of any good academic training. Consequently, the instruction in Latin at Regents Academy should need no explanation or defense. However, like many traditional particulars of good education lost in the name of “modern” or “progressive” education, Latin’s advantages have been neglected and forgotten by a couple of generations. Latin was regularly taught even in American high schools as late as the 1940s. It was considered necessary to a fundamental understanding of English, the history and writings of Western Civilization, and the understanding of Romance languages.

    Regents Academy teaches Latin, therefore, for two major reasons:

    1. Latin is not a “dead language,” but rather a language that lives on in almost all major western languages, including English. Training in Latin not only gives the student a better understanding of the roots of English vocabulary, it also lays the foundation for learning other Latin-based languages.
    2. Learning the grammar of Latin reinforces the student’s understanding of the reasons for, and the use of, the parts of speech being taught in our traditional English class work, e.g. plurals, nouns, verbs, prepositions, direct objects, tenses, etc.The Latin Program consists of the following basic objectives:

      Third Grade (1st Year):    Basic vocabulary, declensions, conjugations, simple grammar, and sentence patterns
      Fourth Grade (2nd Year):   More vocabulary, further declensions, chants of endings.
      Fifth Grade (3rd Year):    More vocabulary, beginning grammar work, further verbs, simple sentences
      Sixth Grade (4th Year):    More vocabulary, foundational translation work, key grammar
      Seventh Grade (5th Year):    Translation work, grammar, writing of sentences, stories, Classical background
      Eighth Grade (6th Year):    Completing complex grammar, translations work, idioms, vocabulary
      Ninth Grade (7th Year):    Translating original texts, understand setting, context and complex grammar