Mathematics Philosophy Statement

While all language describing God is limited due to God's mystery and incomprehensibility, mathematics is a means of describing God's activity in creation; therefore, we can learn about certain aspects of God's character and attributes through the study of mathematics:

  • Clear truths are found in mathematical concepts (e.g. the Pythagorean Theorem) help us gain a greater appreciation for the absolute truthfulness of God (John 14:6).
  • The study of certain mathematical concepts (e.g. lines, sets, inequalities, and limits) helps us gain a greater appreciation of God's infinite and eternal nature (Psalm 90:2).
  • Universal principles and the orderliness of mathematics helps us gain an appreciation of God's consistent and unchanging nature (Psalm 102:25-27; James 1:17).
  • As we grow in our understanding of how to solve a problem in the most effective, clearest, or best way, we can have a greater appreciation of the infinite wisdom of God, for he knows the best ways in the best time to the best end (Proverbs 8:22-31; Romans 11:33).
  • As we study the applications of mathematics in everyday life and "the works of his hands" (Psalm 8), we can gain a greater appreciation for the majesty and sovereignty of God.
  • As we daily learn new mathematical concepts, we can have a greater appreciation for the knowledge of God.  He knows everything- the simple and the complex (1 John 3:20).

Studying mathematics, like all subjects, requires diligence and hard work.  It is also an incremental learning process.  In each grade students learn information that is essential for future study, with lower grades laying a foundation for subsequent years.  Whether studying mathematics in elementary, middle or high school, teachers should use developmentally appropriate teaching techniques.

Math is an integral part of our society; therefore our instruction seeks to connect math to everyday applications (e.g. sales tax, interest rates, architecture, engineering, art). The more proficient students become in mathematics, the more successful they will be in our increasingly technological world.

As an example of God's common grace, technology (e.g. calculators and computers) can greatly enhance student learning.  Nonetheless, technology must be used wisely in the mathematics classroom. It can be used for discovery, reinforcement, and solving complex problems.  But the use of technology should not replace the acquisition of mathematical concepts or skills.  In elementary and middle school math classes, students should master basic computational skills with limited use of technology, and then after entering high school gradually increase the use of technology.

The study of mathematics also develops logical thinking and problem-solving skills.  Students at all grade levels must learn to analyze a problem, develop a strategy to solve the problem, determine the solution to the problem, and check their work.  As a result, students will be better logical thinkers, ready to pursue further advanced studies and become life-long learners.