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TEN REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD SEND YOUR CHILD TO A CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
by Paul A. Kienel Paul, is the Executive Director of the Association of Christian Schools International.
The Christian school movement is the fastest growing educational movement in America today. The U.S.NEWS AND WORLD REPORT and CHRISTIAN LIFE magazines have referred to the rapid proliferation of Christian elementary and secondary schools as the “Boom in Protestant Schools” and “The Christian School Explosion.” Christian schools are currently being established across the United States at the rate of two new schools a day. (I recently attended the ACTABS Fall Accreditation meeting in Waco. According to Dr.Randy Wood, Executive Director of ACTABS, the number of schools applying for accreditation is more than ever before.)
ONE: You are accountable for what your children are taught in school. Proverbs 22:6 is a direct command to parents. It says, “Train up a child in the way he should go…” What your children are taught in school should be a direct extension of your parental views.
TWO: Christian schools offer a better level of instruction. The test scores over a long period of years are conclusive. The annual Stanford Achievement Test administered to first through eighth grade Christian school students in the western states shows these students to be seven to nineteen months ahead of the national norm in reading, and seven to thirteen months ahead of the national norm in all subject areas.
THREE: The Bible does not teach that children should be exposed to all kinds of sin. We are to train “up” a child. Children do not grow spiritually stronger in a negative non-Christian environment. School represents 16% of your child’s time. It is prime time, a training time, and Christian school education represents a positive Bible- centered form of instruction that will build a child up in the faith- -not tear him down. Proverbs 19:27 says, “Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.”
FOUR: The Christian school is right for your child because the Christian school has not cut itself off from the most important book in the world–the Bible. Without the Bible, education is nothing more than the blind leading the blind. Standards for morality must be taken from Scripture alone. As Theodore Roosevelt stated, “To train a man in mind and not in morals is to train a menace to society.”
FIVE: The Christian school provides an opportunity for your child to witness for Christ. This surprises some people because they assume all students in a Christian school are Christians. Christian students are trained and encouraged to reach others for Jesus Christ. Witnessing in a Christian school has the support of parents, students, teachers, administration and the school board.
SIX: Christian school educators teach all subject matter from a Christian context. They put the Bible at the center of the curriculum and ask students to evaluate all they see in the world through the eyes of God. To quote Dr. Roy Zuck, In a Christian school, a student is exposed to the centrality of God in all of life. In public education, a student is legally “sheltered” from this important dimension of education.
SEVEN: Christian schools support the family as the number one institution of society. Christian school educators train students to respect their parents.
EIGHT: I prefer to send my children to a Christian school because Christ is central to all information taught and caught. The public school is basically humanistic and materialistic in its approach to life and the fundamental questions of human existence and purpose. The Christian school holds a unique position with the home and the church.
NINE: Christian school educators maintain discipline in the classroom and on the playground. “For whom the Lord loves, He disciplines…” the Bible teaches. And it is within that context of love that discipline is carried out in a Christian school. According to the recent GALLUP POLL OF PUBLIC ATTITUDES TOWARDS EDUCATION,
Lack of discipline in the public schools again heads the list of problems cited most often by survey respondents. Discipline has, in fact, been named the number one problem of the schools in seven of the last eight years. New evidence of its importance comes from the special survey of high school juniors and seniors. An even higher percentage of this group names discipline as the leading problem faced by the public school.
TEN: ”We believe that our children are gifts of the Lord. We are responsible to train them according to His Word not only at home and in church, but in school as well.” This statement was made by a parent in response to a question on an application form for enrollment of his children at Delaware County Christian School in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.
More and more parents, especially Christian parents, are coming to the conclusion that secular public education and most of its teachers and principals no longer represent their personal parental views. These parents are exercising their freedom of choice and sending their children to Christian schools and colleges.
Angleton Christian School
3133 N. Valderas
Angleton, Texas 77515