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Homeschool Wordview Quiz

Everyone has a worldview, whether or not they know it or not. A worldview is made of assumptions rarely acknowledged openly, questioned or challenged by people who hold them.

Most Westerners that attended public school in America hold a Greek worldview. The Bible warns us about Greek philosophies:

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. (Colossians 2:8)

Under the ancient Greek system, learning begets goodness. Under the biblical system, goodness begets learning. All non-biblical education assumes that man can become learned without God. Biblical education makes knowledge the foundation of learning.

The Classical Greek Approach Focuses on

Greek Literature and Man’s Logic.

The Hebrew Methods Focus on God’s Word and Faith.

Take the Test. Place a check by each item that applies to your teaching methods. Add up the totals.

A Hebraic — Greek Comparison

Hebraic Active

Appeals to the Heart

Greek Cognitive

Appeals to the Intellect

Motive

Love of God and others

Life viewed as a pilgrimage leading to ultimate culmination

Suffering seen as necessary for development of Christ-like character

Motive

Pursuit of self-interest and knowledge

Life viewed in circular terms, to some day achieve a higher state of existence

Suffering to be avoided; people and activities weighed for self-gratification: ”How does this person/event benefit me?”

Process Oriented

Stresses direct participation

Emphasizes age and wisdom

Role modeling, mentoring,and discipleship indispensable

Leadership by personal example

Character of leader essential

Personal relationships imperative

Program Oriented

Heavy program prominence

Emphasizes education

Relies on speaking skills,oratory, programmed materials,information conveyance

Leader’s personal life immaterial

Personal relationships optional

Biblical Application

Doers of the Word

Goal—to develop Christlikeness

Bible—reality that must be confronted

Biblical Application

Belief without personal cost

Bible—data that must be taught

Focus on rules—do’s and don’ts

Emphasizes distinct denominations

Ministry Activity

Small intimate groups

Leader as facilitator

Cooperative, participatory planning

Spiritual gifts shared

Frequent scheduled and unscheduled gatherings

Ministry Activity

Large impersonal groups

Leader-directed and controlled

Organizational roles important

Acquisition of knowledge emphasized

Reliance on scheduled gatherings

Fruit

Love, acceptance, forgiveness

Transparency encourage

Active participation

“How you serve” vital

Each believer trained to serve

Produces mature believers

Fruit

Mutual toleration

Transparency discouraged

Passivity and lethargy

“What you know” vital

Trained professionals utilized

Produces spectators

Total Total

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5 comments

  1. Melanie

    I like this quiz. It does make one think, but it would be even better if it gave you a scoring that showed where you were on the spectrum and maybe even what one could work on to press towards a more hebraic mindset???

  2. This is great. My son is studying worldviews this year – I’ll get him to visit and do your test.

  3. Thank you for this information. It is something that is very important to know. I think we have just accepted the Greek method, the “known” method- worldview, and it now goes without question.

    I was glad to include this in the Carnival of Homeschooling. http://jacquedixon.com/?p=3843

    HUGS~

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