Author(s): Trevor Cairney
In his 2009 ISAAC ARMITAGE LECTURE, Archbishop Peter Jensen offered this challenge - "Is there such a thing as Anglican Education?" A group of educators, theologians and academics was formed to explore the question. They drew on the best that there is to offer from the fields of education, philosophy, humanities and the social sciences, always grounded in an understanding of the Bible. They sought to ask three questions: Why? Knowing what our priorities and purposes should be in raising children, nurturing them in the faith and teaching them the skills they need for life. What? Seeking knowledge of what these priorities and purposes mean for the things we teach. How? Making the wise and informed choices each day about schooling, curriculum and pedagogy. This book argues that Anglican education should be different; not just in the results achieved, but in how schools are used redemptively by God. This should be seen in the lives of the students and families associated with the school, and in the impact of the school on the wider community.