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Identify one way in which a Seventh- day Adventist student can develop a spiritual...

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readeal3 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted August 26, 2012 at 2:27 PM via web

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Identify one way in which a Seventh- day Adventist student can develop a spiritual experience in their school.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 26, 2012 at 3:30 PM (Answer #1)

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There are a couple of elements to this answer that have to be addressed.  The first would be that the Seventh- day Adventist curriculum is designed to facilitate such experiences.  The student might not have to seek these experiences out, if the curruculum's intent is understood.  Being an advocate of holistic education, the curriculum is rooted in the idea that "each person finds identity, meaning, and purpose in life through connections to the community, to the natural world, and to humanitarian values such as compassion and peace."  The notion of the experiential element, almost a revelatory idea, is intrinsic to this construction of education:

At its most general level, what distinguishes holistic education from other forms of education are its goals, its attention to experiential learning, and the significance that it places on relationships and primary human values within the learning environment.

In its most basic form, the curriculum in a Seventh day Adventist setting seeks to impart this to the student.  The demand of a curriculum that enhances the "spiritual health" of a student is of vital importance to the curriculum.  In this, a student in such a setting can almost expect to experience a spiritual experience in the school setting.  The issue of how this happens is going to be through the notion of the divine that is such a part of the Seventh day Adventist curriculum.  It is here where I think that one can see how such an educational setting can hope to provide such change and experience in the lives of its students.

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