The three deputies of the Augusta County Sherriff’s K-9 unit gave a presentation at C.F. Richards Christian School Wednesday as part of the Kindergarten through 4th grades focus on our community. Deputies Pultz, Randozza and Wells are the handlers of dogs that work for the county and spent an hour with the students describing their jobs, training of the dogs, and the different types of cases they have worked on.
The deputies spend many hours training and building relationships with their dogs so they can work as an effective team. Deputy Pultz stated that the dog and handler become very close. The handlers and dogs are on call at all times, responsive to the needs of the community. The handlers explained the responsibilities of the police service dogs. The dogs’ skills include: tracking missing people and suspects, searching for narcotics and other articles, chasing and apprehending suspects, and protecting their handlers.
The students of C. F. Richards Christian School enjoyed watching the dogs respond to their handlers’ commands. One of the dogs demonstrated how they track for drugs by finding a substance hidden in a soda can. We learned that the blood hound once went tracking for 36 hours to solve a case, the hound and his handler Deputy Wells went on over 70 cases last year. The handlers patiently answered the many questions of the students while sharing their dogs with us.
The students and staff of C.F. Richards are very grateful for the visit of the deputies and for the service the handlers and their dogs provide our community.
Standards in education are statements of what students should know (content knowledge) and be able to do (applicable skills) upon completing a course of study. Standards state in clear, concise terms what students are expected to learn. Standards identify the students’ learning destination, but much more is required to complete the educational journey. As goals for student learning, standards inform the development of curriculum, the implementation of instruction, and assessment for learning.
Just as standards for student learning do not describe in full the students’ learning journey, they also do not alone give meaning to student learning. The big ideas and essential questions of life are developed from many sources. Beyond the classroom, family and significant others in a young person’s life influence the student’s personal beliefs and values. A personal worldview is formed by students when they integrate the knowledge learned at school and from other sources into a coherent understanding of the learner’s world. A worldview also gives the learner a vision for how to use the skills acquired to participate in their community and improve themselves. Ultimately, a meaningful, productive life depends on a student’s core beliefs and values from an emerging worldview equipping them to assess the authenticity and relevance of their learning, and to intelligently utilize the knowledge and skills learned.
At C.F. Richards Christian School in Staunton, Virginia and other Adventist schools across the North American Division, standards for student learning have been developed and adopted that reflect the Adventist worldview across the subjects, PreK through 12. The Adventist worldview accepts the Bible as the standard by which everything else is measured. Four key concepts emerge from a biblical worldview. These can be used as a lens for curriculum development, as well as informing the essential questions and big ideas of any content area.The four components of a biblical worldview are:
Creation—What is God’s intention?
Fall—How has God’s purpose been distorted?
Redemption—How does God help us to respond?
Re-creation—How can we be restored in the image of God?
Adventist Education meets or exceeds expectations for student learning, PreK through 12th grade
In addition, as Adventist education standards are developed, educational research, professional subject area organizations, state standards, and Common Core State Standards have been referenced. The resulting standards inform students, parents, teachers, administrators, board members, and others that Adventist education meets or exceeds expectations for student learning, PreK through 12. Adventist education, though, has always been about “something better,” something more than meeting baseline expectations for student learning. Adventist standards for student learning facilitate the integral nature of the faith and learning relationship, and address the big ideas and essential questions of life from a biblical perspective. Adventist education continues to add something of eternal value to the curriculum, to instruction, and to assessment that impacts student learning. The Adventist worldview will always serve as the lens through which teaching and learning transpire at C.F. Richards Christian School.
Understanding the differences between secular and Christian education is critical for parents to make informed decisions for their child. The following comparison is provided to show that in every area of education there is a significant difference in instructional approach.