The Purpose of Heritage Classical Study Centers
The purpose of Heritage Classical Study Centers is to help mold our students into thinkers – young men and women who do not simply regurgitate the information they have been fed but rather who analyze, critique, and affect the world by applying Biblical wisdom to their lives, families, and communities. Heritage offers homeschooling families a unique complement to their home study programs by providing one day per week of classroom instruction, with an emphasis on classical as well as traditional subjects taught from a distinctly Christian perspective. Each student attends one day per week, according to his or her age group.
Heritage Classical Study Centers recognize that God has ordained parents as the agents responsible for the academic and spiritual nurturing of their children. We also acknowledge that public education, by its very nature, must necessarily fail to present a Christian world view in its educational approach; therefore state schools cannot adequately teach children to love God with all their hearts, minds, souls, and strength. Christian emphases aside, public schools by and large have fallen far short of providing a solid foundation even in the academic areas they purport to teach. Thus Christian academies and homeschooling have become significant alternatives for parents seeking superior academic and spiritual training for their children.
Truly Biblical training, however, whether in the Christian academy or in the home school, must be more than the teaching of subjects from a secular perspective with prayer and Bible study thrown in to sanctify the process. Truly Biblical education first will recognize the learning capacities and inclinations that God has equipped children to possess at various stages in their development, and then it will make every effort to communicate truth effectively to each child from a specifically Biblical perspective. Each area of learning can be rightly understood only when seen as an aspect of God’s creation, designed and interpreted by Him. For example, the sum 2+2=4 is true today and will be true tomorrow not just because “that’s the way things are” but because the personal and rational God has revealed Himself in an orderly and rational universe. At Heritage, we seek not just knowledge, but understanding and wisdom as well. Knowledge is “knowing the answer.”Understanding is knowing why it’s the answer. Wisdom is applying the understanding of truth to one’s life in a godly fashion.
It is our goal that Heritage students learn to THINK, Biblically and logically – not just to blindly memorize seemingly unrelated and irrelevant facts required to do well on tests. The Heritage student is taught to be a lifelong learner of new information, to consistently evaluate and critique relevant issues, and to always seek skillfully to communicate his thoughts. We desire for all students at Heritage to learn factual and philosophical truth, learn to evaluate the messages they are receiving from the world around them, and learn to defend their beliefs in a persuasive and winsome manner.