Redeemer Christian High School encourages students to consider worldviews
Teachers are re-structuring their curriculum units to encourage students to look at the big worldview questions in life at Redeemer Christian High School.
Staff members at the Nepean school started to re-write their units three years ago. The school was documenting for the Ministry of Education so it was a natural time to look closely at its learning culture, says principal Leo Van Arragon.
Teachers are considering the “Great Question” or what the worldview is on each subject matter. This allows the students to stretch beyond the classroom and dig deeper into issues, says Van Arragon.
“This year we are going to take that work and become a lot more intentional about focusing our program delivery, the classroom activity,” he says.
“We want to take that worldview stuff and say how can we make that accessible to all our students. We’re also going to use the fruits of the spirit around how can you design a classroom not just on how kids learn but learning skills and character traits we want them to explore and practice.”
The school has been exploring rich-texture learning environments for the students. For example, some of the students wrote part of a history exam at the war museum where they could explore some of the course themes first-hand.
Another rich-texture environment in the works is a partnership with a local conservation authority that the geography teacher is planning.
Though it is a Christian school, Van Arragon says the worldviews approach does not have a blocked-in agenda, but allows students to form their own ideas depending on their personal path.
“We want our students to take Christianity seriously as a cultural force and also as a place of personal learning and orientation, so it’s set up for that,” he says.
He notes there are many issues in society, such as genetic manipulation or evolution, where there are many Christian views.
“We want them to be very aware of the worldview implications of what they see around them, to be able to understand and when you’re looking at something like the CN Tower or MTV there is a worldview driving that stuff, those are cultural products,” he says.
He says there are a variety of students with different backgrounds at the school, which makes it a rich environment.
“This is a great generation of kids to work with,” he says. “They really ask a lot of questions.”