The Nature of The Student

The nature of the student lies in Imago Dei. “The function of Christian education is Redemption the goal being the restoration of imago dei the image of God in the student.” (Knight, 1989. p 194) Everything regarding the student is influenced by this truth. The body and the soul bear equal weight in Christianity. On cannot exist without the other. Balance between Physical, Spiritual, Social, and Mental is the ideal. This balance needs to be addressed in education. People can reason and therefore can make rational, moral decisions. This places responsibility on a person for their actions. Education needs to prepare students for this responsibility. The basic struggle for the student is just as it always has been – the tension between good vs. evil. However, in pursuing this goal, educators need to respect human individuality without losing site of the value of the group.