Biblical principle is measurable results and rewards relate to accountability: “…reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God…”
The prime method of learning is achieved by children working through booklets (PACEs) in various subjects, reading supplied texts, filling in blanks in questions, linking words with definitions, writing sentences and short essays, doing simple science experiments, searching dictionaries and atlases, solving mathematical problems, using computers, watching videos and in many other ways.
Learning, in the ACE system, depends upon a number of interdependent factors. In order to explain these factors, the illustration of a donkey pulling a man on a cart is used and a series of ‘laws’ formulated. The following Five Laws of Learning sum up the ACE academic philosophy as illustrated by the donkey and cart:
Law #1: How heavy is the load?
The pupil must be on a level of curriculum where he can perform. Biblical principle: all children are different:”…For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required…”
Law #2: How long is the stick?
The pupil must set achievable goals he can complete in a prescribed period of time. Biblical principle: reflects good judgment: “For which of you … sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost…?”
Law #3: How effective are the controls?
The pupil must be controlled and motivated to assimilate, use, or experience the material. Biblical principle: necessity for discipline, guidance, and responsible leadership: “Train up a child in the way he should go…”
Law #4: How hungry is the donkey?
The pupil’s learning must be measurable. Biblical principle: motivation is that inner desire prompted by the concerned parent teacher: “Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily as to the Lord…”