Philosophy of education

 

Lighthouse Primary School - Philosophy of Education

Here is a partial list of the educational principles upon which Lighthouse Primary School runs:

  • The ultimate end of education should be for a person to better understand his or her place in God’s world and equip him or her to serve.

  • Learning is FUN. We believe that our work as educators should be exciting and engaging. Hands-on activity, play, experimentation, the arts and physical exercise are an integral part of our learning program.

  • Testing and review should be a natural and continuous process, not an end or goal in themselves. Children should never be raised to think the point of their going to school is to succeed on an exam. Time in the classroom should be “high challenge – low stress.”

  • Passion for any subject can be contagious.

  • Teaching methods should suit the natural stages of learning through which all people navigate. For example, the teaching of younger primary school children will capitalise on their innate ability to absorb facts, vocabulary and whole languages, if presented in a logical way. Logic and rhetoric can likewise be groomed at older ages. (Thus in many ways we follow the “Classical” model; see below.)
  • We also like to teach subjects in an integrated manner through thematic units that tie varying subject matter together and make the learning process stimulating and thorough.

  • Insofar as possible, students should be in contact with creative and engaging books as well as primary sources, either in place of or to enhance a standard textbook.

  • Children will have a rich, challenging learning experience within the normal hours of the school day. Private lessons on classroom concepts should be the exception and not the rule.

  • Children must develop a keen awareness not only of their own culture and history but other cultures and histories around the world, preparing them to be a true global citizen and servant.