Seventh-Day Adventist Philosophy of Education

All philosophies of education tend ultimately to rest on the concept of the nature of human beings that is held by the founders of that particular educational system. It has been truly said that until what people are born as and what they are born for is known, a system of education that will meet people’s needs and help them achieve the purpose for which they are destined, or of which they are capable, cannot be planned. Many education philosophies are based on the assumption that human beings are born good, and that the purpose of education is to develop the good latent in children. This premise naturally leads to a child-centered or subject-centered philosophy of education. Certain other educational systems are built on the premise that children are born to serve the state, and that t...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.