Matthew 18 Principle
It is our intention that each member of the TCA family, including but not limited to, parents, teachers, staff, administrators, and students, address conflicts by applying the “Matthew 18 Principle”. This Biblical principle encourages us to go directly to the one with whom we have conflict so seek Christ-honoring resolution. If the conflict can be resolved, it ends at that level. If it is not resolved, the parties are then encouraged to seek the next step of resolution by meeting together with the next person in authority.
TCA’s Upper School students are encouraged to communicate honestly and respectfully directly with their teachers with concerns either before class, after class, during a teacher’s planning time, by email, or during Advisory Period. What a great opportunity to help our students build personal responsibility and foster healthy and meaningful relationships with others! Students should communicate concerns with their teacher in an appropriate way; if needed, the parent, after the student has communicated with their teacher, should then communicate respectfully with the teacher on behalf of this child. When a conflict begins in the classroom that requires parent involvement, the parent(s) should approach the teacher first and the area principal second if needed.
TCA is a community that seeks to honor God in all things. Conflict is inevitable in a community; however, Christ-honoring resolution and peace is our goal. We are each in partnership with one another.
“Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.” – Romans 12:18
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” – Romans 8:28