We believe that all people are learners. A fundamental element of human nature is the process of adapting to new experiences in such a way as to improve the condition of self and others. With this in mind, we believe that learning is a perpetual circumstance whether it is pursued intentionally or occurs unintentionally.
We believe education is holistic. Effective education includes the cognitive, affective, behavioral, and spiritual domains of a person. It is important for the learner to experience opportunities in each of these areas consistently.
We believe that although all people learn, individual learners are unique. People can engage different learning styles as a general way of processing data. People also can adapt to and utilize different styles based on the unique conditions of learning experiences. As a result, we believe that educators must be sensitive to some uniqueness while teaching in a general context.
We believe education can be conducted through a variety of means. People are able to learn in a classroom setting, through practical field experiences, and through distance learning platforms, among many other means of education.
We believe educators are responsible to establish relevant learning outcomes for those who participate in their educational experiences. It is important for educators to assess how effectively these outcomes are being achieved in order to improve and enhance the effectiveness of their work in the future.
Our Educational Apologetic
Educational philosophies are established in terms of three major ideas: (a) What is the nature of man? (b) What is the nature of the universe? (c) What is the nature and function of society? These questions may be phrased in different ways, but their essential substance is always present when people seek to set down an educational apologetic. The educational apologetic subscribed to by Manhattan Christian College is as follows:
The institution is committed to the faith that God has revealed Himself fully and finally in the Hebrew-Christian scriptures, with the culmination of that revelation expressed through Jesus Christ in the New Testament. In Christ and His message the truth about the nature of man, society, and the universe is made manifest.
What and who is humanity? Created in the image of God, but rebellious against the will of God for his life, man is in need of that kind of redemption which will restore fellowship with the Creator and answer the question of his nature and identity. With the Bible at the center of its curricular program, MCC answers the cry of every person for an adequate sense of self-identity, with the invitation to become children of God through Jesus Christ. Secular education in the United States cannot give this answer.
What is society? Society is a functioning group of human beings working together in the pursuit of their major corporate interest, self-maintenance, self-perpetuation or continuity, and order in associational relationships. The college subscribes to the belief that the identity and value of the individual as revealed in Jesus Christ constitutes the fundamental basis upon which the social organization and order are established. The political system known as the democratic process is the most adequate system for the operation of free men; but this system is undergirded by the concept of humanity and society as seen in the Christian scriptures. A philosophy of education most suited to the needs of man and society is not complete, therefore, without the content of scriptural truth incorporated into the educational program.
What is the nature of the universe? Modern educators are concerned with the necessity of providing an adequate worldview for those who are being educated. Manhattan Christian College holds the view that the total universe is the result of the creative power of God. God is the giver and sustainer of its order and His revelation of Himself in Christ and the scriptures are in harmony with all the truth which may be discovered about the universe. Furthermore, it is held that an adequate worldview cannot be achieved apart from an inclusion of both creation and revelation.