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Christian Perspectives in Education (CPE) is an online, peer-reviewed journal that focuses upon Christian perspectives in theory, research, and practices of education. ISSN: 2159-807X

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CPE is published annually online.

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Christian Perspectives in Education is published by Liberty University's School of Education. All views and opinions expressed within the published articles are those of the author(s) and do not represent the views and/or opinions of Liberty University, the School of Education, the CPE journal, or the editors. Published articles and all information within the publications are solely the responsibility of the author of the article.

Current Issue: Volume 6, Issue 1 (2013) Christian Perspectives in Education, Winter 2013

Introduction

I made a recent presentation regarding my latest mixed-methods research into the intersection of spirituality and education to an audience of Christian K-12 educators. One attendee asked if I didn't feel it dangerous to introduce spiritual concepts to students without also simultaneously proselytizing. Now, in a private Christian education setting, I'm inclined to agree. But placing such a blanket restriction would leave public school educators with literatlly no means to discuss such topics in the classroom. When I taught in public schools, I interjected as much spiritually themed concepts as possible (without even using the term spirituality to my students). We discussed moral and character education, how we internally know the difference between right and wrong, our sense of self-identity, how we discover our purpose in life. I engaged my students in activities that allowed for communal and self-expression and that gave them outlets to connect with and serve others. In an environment where I could not proselytize, I felt that planting these "spiritual" seeds would perhaps one day allow God to see to the increase. If we view spirituality as a component of the traditional view of holistic education (that we should educate students' minds, bodies, AND spirits) throwing out any discussion of spirituality where we cannot simultaneously proselytize is tantamount to giving up on providing physical and nutrition education. Just because some students will grow up to be Christians and others will not, does not remove the obligation from seeing to our students' spiritual development, just as the fact that some students will grow up to be professional athletes while others grow up to be couch-potatoes does not mean we abdicate our responsibility to see to our students' physical education. Do what you can, where you are, to improve your students' spiritual and religious literacy. At the very least, even in places where you can't share your specific faith, you will be equipping your students to make informed decisions in these areas later in life.

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