Well, four months later I’ve been tinkering with this here and there, but I still haven’t discussed it with my wife. But Soren is at the beach this week with friends, and we really do expect to move this summer, so it’s probably as good a time as any for us to try to work on this together.
Following is the working draft. I’d love to hear what anyone thinks.
Mission Statement for a Home-based Education
The pursuit of learning is a response to God’s self-revelation—specifically to the Biblical calls to love God with our minds, to wisely and faithfully steward the earth and its resources, and to serve as ambassadors of Christ in God’s Kingdom.
In view of this, we seek to provide for Soren an education that accomplishes the following:
— Guides him towards a personal knowledge of God, the practice of spiritual disciplines for seeking and serving God, and the formation in him of Christ-like character
— Fosters a lifelong love of learning and builds in him skills to pursue this
— Trains him to seek, understand, and appreciate the connections between various academic disciplines
— Pursues the integration of knowledge gained through various means, including study of the Bible and other writings, observation, research, conversations, and quotidian experiences
— Grounds his academic studies in belief in and pursuit of the classical virtues of love, truth, goodness, and beauty
— Trains him to communicate clearly, intelligently, and courteously in English and functionally in at least one other language
— Encourages him to understand and constructively engage with varying perspectives
— Prepares him for further academic study at the collegiate level
— Equips him with practical skills for service in the home, neighborhood, church, and world