Focused practice is a great determiner of success. But experts are found outside of 10,000 hours of practice. For students in high school, they'll have spent over 10,000 in focused training from sixth grade through twelfth grade. In sixth grade students traditionally move beyond the scaffolding of being a good student and start exercising. From sixth through twelfth grade students are building their worldview homes.
Many parents spend a ton of time developing their students from birth through sixth grade. Parent teacher conferences highlight simple practices that equip students to be good citizens. Does a student follow instructions? How to they receive correction? Can they read, write, and add figures? These are the foundation for academic success. In right order, we establish a strong foundation for our student, making sure their foundations are level, square, and in right order to build a life upon.
When students enter sixth grade traditionally a parent will pass along their caretaker baton to the experts. They relinquish primary instruction to the science teacher who is now helping the student to ask powerful questions and guiding the student where to find those answers. As students enter high school the questions become more personal, and they begin to build an identity with their answers. The experts in science and social studies classrooms push students beyond their upbringing to find answers in the known world. This is where worldviews are built and fortified.
Because of these simple facts, and what we know about spending focused time in study and training, the high school years may be the greatest determiner of what worldview your students will most readily hold. It is imperative that your student receive focused time in homework and classroom settings that align to a Christian worldview.
Most students who grow up in a church setting spend a majority of their grade school and high school years being tested in classrooms that explain the world without God. Because of their desire to fit in and build their own identity, Christian students can often succumb to worldly thinking because of the pressure to conform. Sometimes this shifting of thought is covert, biding time in church until the University. This often gives the four year college experience a bad rap, where many Christian schools gave up their faith convictions years before college algebra, inside their ninth grade biology class.
Your student is becoming an expert in a worldview. It is often a worldview they will align with because of the proximity and time invested finding answers to their questions. Is the place your students are finding training a place that highlights Biblical worldview, or is it squelching the role of faith in an effort to explain the world without God? You may need to find a different place of training. Your student will become an expert in a worldview because of their time in school. Make sure your student's schooling aligns with a Biblical perspective, if you want them to retain a faith in Jesus Christ.
Most of us answer to our name because of our parents. From day one we learned who we are based on sociological influences. Later, religious groups, groups we bound ourselves to, helped us see the value of our name. Churches, Boy Scouts, schooling, the roster on our t-ball team, these groups helped us see the value in our individual name. As we grew we likely started to find joy when we heard our name called. A friend, lover, or respected person could flutter our heart or make our shoulders go back in pride simply by saying our name. We all believe things because of outside influences. But outside influences aren't enough to believe something important, like a worldview.
In building a solid worldview for our students we often sit down on a logical explanation. Our answer to our students' questions of faith point to truth. We test ideas on their consistency, coherency, and completeness in the world. Evolution doesn't stand a chance against this logical approach. But what about God's goodness? How does one logically explain why God allows the evil person to succeed in the face of a righteous man? Logic can only take us so far before we become utilitarians. A Biblical worldview is needed.
A Biblical worldview does more than simply look at God's created order to answer questions. While God has revealed himself in general revelation, a Biblical worldview gives a more wholistic answer to some of the largest questions that face us and our students.