The question of standards

     One of the questions we hear most often is, "Do you meet the public school standards requirements?" We get it. People want to know their children are getting a good education. People want the best for their children. However, if meeting "standards" set by public schools is one of the most important things to you in making the choice of school, you may not be a good fit at True Foundation.

 

     First of all, why would you want to aim so low? If you are looking for an alternative to public education, you must be looking for a better solution for education. Why would you then turn and set the system you are leaving as the standard for where you are going? Logic... one of the skills discouraged in public education. No standard where a child is allowed to graduate lacking the ability to read his own diploma is acceptable. No standard that prefers passing a test to understanding content should be held up as the example to imitate. If you are concerned about your child being admitted to a certain college or university, don't be. There are ways to prove your graduate has been educated "adequately," such as entrance exams. One of the problems most impacting higher education has become the need for remedial education of incoming students to bring them up to entrance levels. If you believe your child deserves the best, do not hold on to the standards of the worst.

 

     Second, we believe there is more to education than memorizing a mathematical table or regurgitating a list of facts. Education is an all-encompassing formation of character and mind that enables a child to navigate and thrive in whatever situation he/she may find themselves. True Foundation does not teach children for a predetermined desired outcome or for a specific job (the definition of "Outcome Based Education"). The ultimate goal of proper education is to teach children how to learn what is needed, how to govern themselves by their own conscience trained in a right standard (the Bible), and how to give the proper reverence to the individuality and rights of others. While public "education" proclaims to be the champion of equality, it breeds racism, demands tolerance of alternative and reprobate lifestyles, and indoctrinates its victims in compliance to the state and reverence for political correctness. If you believe your child deserves to realize accomplishments beyond the statis quo, do not subject them to the standards of mediocrity and class warfare.

     Finally, we celebrate the fact that every child is an individual, capable of uniquely tremendous success. The myriad daily triumphs a child can accomplish are not limited to a list of goals written on a piece of paper devised by a distant bureaucrat. One student's triumph may require much more than another's. One of the most limiting factors of public school standards is the requirement to set the standard to the lowest common achievement necessary. Repeatedly, children who are capable of much more than meeting the "standard" get into trouble because they are bored. They do not reach their potential because they don't need to. Even more disturbing, those who do exceed the confines of mediocrity are ridiculed by those who cannot or will not strive for more. True Foundation teaches to the extent of the child, not to the content of a test. Sometimes this reflected in lessons on character, diligence, and fortitude during moments when grades are suffering. Instead of focusing on the grade, we look at the cause of a bad grade. Correcting laziness is just as important as correcting papers. Maybe a student fulfilled the "requirments" of an assignment but has previously displayed they are capable of more. We expect more than meeting requirements. We expect the best. If you believe your child should be taught to the level he/she can achieve, don't hold them to the standard of the least possible requirement necessary to complete a checklist.

     In short, yes. True Foundation uses standards in the education of our pupils. No, we don't depend on the public "education" system to set those standards. Every child is capable of far greater success than the "Standardized Tests" require. We expect nothing less than the very best each child can achieve because we invest our very best into nurturing their mind, soul, and spirit daily.

Why we use the PEERS test

     The PEERS Test is the only professionally validated test of the worldview of individuals in the areas of Politics, Economics, Education, Religion, and Social Issues. The PEERS Test reveals a decline in high school and college students over the past several decades who are equipped to hold and articulate a Biblical view in these critical areas that effect our nation’s future. This downward trend has caused Dan to become an ardent advocate for Christian education. However going forward, the test has helped many parents and educators receive a vision for a truly Christ-centered education. In addition, PEERS testing for the past three decades validates Principle Approach education as that which most successfully produces a Biblical worldview in students. 

Below is a graph showing the alarming decline of a Biblical worldview in Christian High School Jr.'s and Sr.'s.  In fact, the majority of them according to this test have a completely secular worldview, including those from traditional Christian schools.  Pupils who have learned the Principle Approach method are scoring in the Biblical Theism range.  The PEERS test is an important tool to assess teachers, and high school pupils that gives objective feedback regarding their worldview.  This test can be taken by anyone.  For more information about PEERS testing visit NehemiahInstitute.com

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