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Why Are Field Studies So Important?

November 21, 2017
Posted in: Academics

“I will teach you hidden lessons from our past—stories we have heard and known, stories our ancestors handed down to us.”

God reveals the importance of passing down His story from generation to generation. At Dayspring Christian Academy, seeds of truth are sown into hearts through lessons taught in classrooms and through seeds sown in field studies that take our students from Plymouth Rock to the rocky shores of the Sea of Galilee. It is one thing to read about our Founders in a textbook. It is another matter, for example, to walk the same hallway that Founding Father John Adams strode each morning at 4 a.m. as he went from his bedroom to his study to read Scripture.

Students study science not only beholding God’s miraculous work under a classroom microscope but also by experiencing the cold indifference of evolutionary philosophy and interpretation at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh and contrasting it with vibrant life and truth that is on display at the Creation Museum in Kentucky.

A Principle Approach education relies on original source material. What better way to teach this and learn firsthand than traveling to study as close to the source as possible? Students learn to ask questions, like “how do you know that” and “what is your source?” They become connected with the people in history that they study. There is something powerful about standing next to the Cole’s Hill Sarcophagus in Plymouth that bears the remains of the Pilgrims who died that first winter in the New World—it was fully half of the people who came over on the Mayflower. It is a powerful moment that impacts the students and their parents who come and study alongside them.

Students can grasp the truth of God’s Word by reading it in the classroom then standing in awe next to the behemoth that is the Ark Encounter—a massive replica of Noah’s ark built to the Bible’s specifications or sitting in the quiet of Capernaum–the very place Jesus performed many miracles and a place considered his hometown. There is nothing like walking where Jesus walked. These field experiences touch hearts and change our students as the Lord plants and cultivates seeds both in and out of the classroom.

The Lord shows and teaches our students during their field studies in Plymouth, Boston, in their creation study tours, in Israel, and many more places—stories that they have now been called to pass on from one generation to the next.

If you would like to learn more about Dayspring Christian Academy, please register for a personal tour now or call Karol Hasting at 717-285-2000.