One of the schools leading the effort to make biblical worldview integration a flourishing practice among students and faculty is San Jose (California) Christian School. SJCS Throughlines “help students develop a clear picture of what it means to be an authentic Christian learner in all aspects of their lives. Arranged under three separate headings, they are qualities we desire students to develop, and….provide meaning and intentionality to the entire curriculum” (SJCS curriculum document).
Here are some examples of the Throughlines, and ways the students have seen them integrated into their learning.
Love for God
- We are growing believers who understand who God is and what his will is for the world.
- We are healthy people who strive for well-being in every aspect of our lives.
Desire to Learn
- We are active learners who take ownership of our education and strive to do our best in every aspect of our learning.
- We are effective communicators who speak, write, and listen purposefully and skillfully.
- We are wise decision makers who use discernment to guide our actions and choices.
- We are collaborative workers who learn together in a community where everyone can contribute and excel.
Commitment to Serve
- We are humble servants who put the needs of others before our own.
- We are engaged citizens who follow Christ by seeking to create peace and rectify injustice.
- We are responsible stewards who use our gifts and manage our resources to further God’s kingdom.
What Students Have Learned
Each year at graduation, the school’s eighth grade graduates share the impact of a Throughline on their becoming an authentic Christian learner. This is what this year’s grads said.
Jack said this about “We are growing believers who understand who God is and what his will is for the world”:
“My faith has expanded in many ways and directions, especially in Mrs. Baham and Mrs. Coetsee’s Bible classes. They have helped me grow a stronger faith in God, but they have also helped me grow in the knowledge of God. I learned that when you’re silent, God can speak to you in many ways. That really transitioned into Mrs. Coetsee’s Bible class through praying and having moments of silence to be with God.”
Matthew addressed “We are active learners who take ownership of our education and strive to do our best in every aspect of our learning.”
“Dr. Fung has helped me grow so much closer to God and has taught me how I am able to give my gifts to him and many others. Dr. Fung has helped me when I am not doing well and when I am at my highest point. He helped me learn to stay humble and to remember to always give thanks to God, for he is the greatest.”
Griffin spoke on “We are effective communicators who speak, write, and listen purposefully and skillfully.”
“I’ve used the gift of speaking life that God gave me to bless other people by volunteering at the Refuge in Sunnyvale. Here I serve food and talk to other people, brightening their day, making them feel loved, and showing them that our God is very powerful. Without our theme “Speak Life,” and all of our motivational teachers, we wouldn’t be the people we are today.”
In response to “We are wise decision makers who learn together in a community where everyone can contribute and excel,” Allison said,
“My time at SJCS has taught me how to apply what I know about important past events and decisions to everyday life and problems. In our history classes, we use knowledge of what happened in America’s history and compare it to current problems and events. This study of history has taught me the importance of using my knowledge to influence my choices and to look for opportunities to help create a community where everyone can contribute and excel.”
Kate wrote about “We are humble servants who put the needs of others before their own.”
“My teachers didn’t leave the Throughlines in the classroom after they had recited them to us; they carried them wherever they went. I saw their examples of commitment to serve in the hallways, in the classrooms, and in the office. I never would have learned to serve and give up my time freely if not for my teachers’ great examples.”
Finally, here is Sierra on the topic “We are responsible stewards who use their gifts and manage their resources to further God’s kingdom.”
“Having Mrs. Bahm take pride and patience in her job makes the entire music experience even better because she cares about our music career and wants to teach us and help us to improve. I remember being in kindergarten and frequently hearing her compliment me on how she was happy I sang out in music class. She even took the time out of her day to talk to my mom and tell her of how much I enjoyed music class and singing the songs she taught to us. This really boosted my confidence— being told I was good at what I enjoyed by someone I looked up to—and made me want to sing even louder and better. Being involved in these musical activities has allowed me to discover myself and find where my gifts are, and use them for not only enjoyment and learning opportunities but to glorify the Lord.”
Thank you, SJCS, for sharing these authentic examples with your CSI colleagues! It’s a joy to hear these eighth grade graduates articulating the impact of biblical worldview integration Throughlines on their lives and their education. We are encouraged by your work.
– Bart Den Boer, worldview specialist