What Does the Kingdom of God Look Like? An Apology for Diversity in Classical Christian Schools


by
Peter Vande Brake November 9, 2018


Presented at:
2018 SCL Annual Conference

ABSTRACT:

We all have "blindspots" in our lives, or things that we just can't see. This isn't because those things aren't right in front of us, but because we don't have eyes to see them. Having students from diverse backgrounds – racially, ethnically and socio-economically – helps us to eliminate the blindspots from our lives. Having a diverse school helps to prepare our students for life in the world in ways that a monolithic, monochromatic student body does not. Students who have experience in a diverse student body are able to navigate cultural nuances, preferences and differences more ably than students who don't have that kind of experience. Diversity in a student body better reflects the Kingdom of God, encourages empathy, helps students see difficult issues from more than one perspective and allows students to experience life in a more abundant way. Achieving diversity is much easier to talk about than it is to do, but this seminar will look at some of the challenges of diversification and how to overcome them.


TAGS:

Classical Education Classical Schools Diversity School Culture


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Peter Vande Brake
Peter Vande Brake attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI where he was a 4-time All-American decathlete. He went to seminary at Union Seminary in Richmond, Virginia and then did his doctoral work at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids obtaining a Ph.D. in systematic theology in 2000. He was ordained in the PCUSA in 2001. He taught, coached, and was Headmaster at North Hills Classical Academy from 1996-2010. He is a leadership consultant for the CiRCE Institute and a teacher and administrator at The Potter’s House School in Grand Rapids, MI. H He is married and has two daughters.

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