In 1970, Drs. Donald and Esther Howard pioneered the concept of the one-roomed classroom when they opened the first learning centre in Garland, Texas with 45 students. What they did not know then was that the charge God had given them to go back to the basics in education, with God as the centre of all learning would become revolutionary in a way. Forty years later on, the ACE curriculum is today in use in over 140 countries worldwide with literally a 24/7 chain across the globe so that in every time zone, in all the continents of the world, somewhere a child is turning over a page in a PACE as they are being discipled by the word of God and as they receive an education that has relevance for both the present world as well as in eternity.
What is ACE?
The letters ACE stand for Accelerated Christian Education – an individualized education curriculum that puts God at the centre and emphasizes godly character. The founders of the ACE curriculum recognized that children are unique and learn in different ways. That’s why they have developed educational tools that equip children to live wisely, think critically, and act responsibly. Each unit of instruction in the curriculum is structured to include all three life application levels of the learning process: knowledge, understanding and wisdom. A number of distinctives set A.C.E apart from other educational programmes. These distinguishing features focus on what is best for the individual child, and, after all, that should be the primary concern of education.
Whether the student is a high-achiever, a moderate-paced learner, or a slow learner, the A.C.E. educational process proceeds at the exact level determined by the child’s ability. This is what is meant by the term individualization. Individualization makes it possible for each student to master the subject matter before moving on. Such mastery is the foundation upon which all future learning is built. Each student is assigned an “office” from where they work in bite-sized booklets called PACEs.
Individualization helps produce academic excellence. Students using the A.C.E program continue to demonstrate above-average achievement. One reason is that they take responsibility for their own learning. Additionally, they receive character training in Biblical principles. Students using the A.C.E. program can go on to higher education and into ministry and other professional pursuits with confidence and a superb educational background.
Godly character training received as part of this learning experience prepares students to welcome and accept challenges and future opportunities as well as live Godly lives. The curriculum conveys Biblical values and concepts considered foundational to meaningful interpersonal relationships and productive living in such a way as to become life-shaping influences