It’s just as important for Biblical-Principle Approach homeschool students to write a Senior Thesis is as it is for those in a “traditional” Principle Approach® school. And, it’s rather easy for students to prepare for writing a Senior Thesis—whether or not they’ve been practicing the 4R Method from an early age.
What a Biblical-Principle Approach Homeschool Senior Thesis is Like
The word thesis means:
1. A position or proposition which a person advances and offers to maintain, or which is actually maintained by argument; a theme; a subject.
2. In logic, every proposition may be divided into thesis and hypothesis. thesis contains the thing affirmed or denied, and hypothesis the conditions of the affirmation or negation.
Webster’s 1828 Dictionary
A Senior Thesis is an opportunity for Biblical-Principle Approach students to position and set their reasoning from Biblical principles (the Truths of God’s Word) in writing. This gives them the ability to relate the convictions they have formed from Biblical truths in any area of life he or she decides as the thesis’ focus. A Biblical-Principle Approach Senior Thesis edifies the body of Christ with Biblical truths, discernment, and applied wisdom.
Why Write a Senior Thesis?
“The High School Thesis is the culminating academic experience for each graduating senior. Its purpose is to guide the Principle Approach senior through the experience of developing, researching, writing, and defending a personal position on a worthy idea in a way that manifests his or her Biblical worldview and Christian scholarship, thus equipping the student for a lifetime of presenting and defending his faith and worldview. . . “
-Carole Goodman Adams, The Noah Plan® English Curriculum Guide, ©2006, p. 298
Senior Thesis Mentor
As parents, we have the blessing and joy of being our high schooler’s mentor. Our role is to help guide our young men and ladies in the process of researching their topic and cheer them on in the application of the 4R Method. Additionally, we’re to help prepare them for the oral presentation and defense of their thesis.
The following objectives are the purposes behind our student’s Biblical-Principle Approach Senior Thesis:
- Mentor your high schooler and nurture inspiration, guide the development, writing, and defense of his/her Biblical principle reasoning.
- Senior Thesis is another step away from setting aside childish thinking and stepping into more mature Christian thinking. “When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.” -1 Corinthians 13:11 (NLT)
- It’s their first philosophical contribution to the body of Christ. “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,” -Matthew 28:19 (NASB)
- Individual students are able to affect society for Christ. “[F]or it is God who is at work in you, both to [a]desire and to work for His good pleasure.” -Philippians 2:13 (NASB)
- They form and share original thought. (God’s Principle of Individuality and Private Property.)
- Express internalized Biblical principles and convictions.
- Mastery of Christian scholarship is proven with the use of the 4-R’s: Research, Reason, Relate, and Record.
- Produce a polished presentation and prove oneself to be equipped to give a defense that will remain with him/her for a lifetime.
You may read one of our daughter’s Biblical-Principle Approach college papers here. Although it’s not her Senior Thesis, it demonstrates Biblical reasoning just the same.
Presenting the Senior Thesis
This varies depending upon each individual family. Some ideas are to give an oral presentation before:
- family and/or friends
- homeschool group
- one’s congregation
Feedback for Your Student’s Senior Thesis
Students and parents may appreciate receiving feedback from family, friends, or pastors. For our homeschool high school graduates, we asked a pastor, an elder, and also Max Lyons with FACE to read and inform our students of their thoughts on their Senior Thesis. Each one gladly did so and it was a great blessing to both our students and ourselves.
Fruit is Seen Within a Principle Approach Homeschool Senior Thesis
“He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.”
-Psalm 1:3 (NKJV)
The Senior Thesis gives us the ability to witness more of the good fruit of independent thinking from Biblical reasoning.
Learn more about the Biblical-Principle Approach to life and learning with our Principles in Practice Homeschool podcast.