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1 Myths of Christian Education

2 Adventist Education Unless the L ORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the L ORD watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. Psalm 127:1 (NIV)

3 Adventist Education Myth #1 Education given in Adventist schools is very poor

4 Today in the North American Division: – 879 Schools – 8,582 Teachers – 80,541 Students Worldwide: – 6,709 Schools Adventist Education is the second largest denominational educational system in the world, second only to Catholic schools. Adventist Education Myth #1

5 Adventist Education Myth #1 Challenges: Small Size Multi-grade Classrooms Low Budgets Lack of Adequate Facilities Cost

6 Adventist Education Myth #1 “True education means more than the pursual of a certain course of study. It means more than a preparation for the life that now is. It has to do with the whole being, and with the whole period of existence possible to man. It is the harmonious development of the physical, the mental, and the spiritual powers. It prepares the student for the joy of service in this world and for the higher joy of wider service in the world to come.” Education p.13

7 Adventist Education Myth #2 Adventist Schools Need Better Teachers

8 Adventist Education Myth #2 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 (KJV)

9 Adventist Education Myth #2 Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee. Job 22:21 (KJV)

10 Adventist Education Myth #3 Better Facilities Mean a Better Education

11 Adventist Education Myth #3 If education is to prepare youngsters just for this life, then we are among all men most miserable. 1 Cor 15:19 (adapted from)

12 Adventist Education Myth #3 God does NOT wantGod does want Their Success Their Achievement Their Talent Their Possessions Their Beauty Their Brain Their Knowledge Them for a Time Them in Hell Their Sincerity Their Obedience Their Commitment Their Passion Their Behavior Their Heart Their Loyalty Them for Eternity Them in Heaven

13 Adventist Education Myth #4 Public Schools Prepare Children Better for the Real World

14 Adventist Education Myth #4 …separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. Ephesians 2:12 (NIV)

15 Adventist Education Myth #4 Joseph: How can I do this great wickedness and sin against my God?

16 Adventist Education Myth #4 Esther: If I perish, I perish

17 Adventist Education Myth #4 Daniel: Purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself

18 Adventist Education Myth #4 Moses: Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord

19 Adventist Education Myth #4 Joshua: As for me and My house we will serve the Lord

20 Adventist Education Myth #4 Ruth: Thy God is my God

21 Adventist Education Myth #5 Religion Should Only be Taught in the Home and in the Church

22 Adventist Education Myth #5 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (NIV)

23 “Amid all the buzz on education reform, the Seventh-day Adventist school system might seem an unexpected place to look for models in improving student achievement. But by educating mind, body, and spirit, Adventist schools outperform the national average across all demographics.” For real education reform, take a cue from the Adventists By Elissa Kido, Ed.D., professor of education at La Sierra University Posted on on November 15, The Cognitive Genesis Study

24 “Even we were surprised by the results. Our four-year, independently financed study showed that students at Adventist schools outperformed their peers at the national average in every subject area.” “One of our most dramatic findings is that students who transferred to Adventist schools saw a marked improvement in academic achievement. The more years a student attended an Adventist school, the more his or her performance improved.”


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