A Christian School is not a building filled with perfect people; rather, it is a community of imperfect people investing in each other and focusing on growing their relationships with Christ. There are a variety of reasons why people choose to invest in Christian education:
- In a world where so many don’t know the love of Christ, the perspectives become skewed. People are starving for truth. Proverbs 27:7 says, “One who is full loathes honey from the comb, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.” In a lost environment, the bitter, worldly answers, have been accepted as sweet, because people are so desperate for answers. People frequently ask how Christian schools integrate Christ and Biblical perspectives into the rigorous, college-prep curriculum; however, it seems more difficult (and counter-intuitive) to keep God out of a curriculum. At public schools, Biblical stories are even taught as part of English literature. The world simply can’t answer the big, “why are we here?” questions. At a Christian school, educators are consistently answering that question, by pointing students to Christ.
- The goal of high-quality Christian schools is to prepare students spiritually and academically for the rigor of the real world. Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,” As Christ-followers, we should have a reputation for hard work. Christian Schools strive to hold that expectation to the administrators, teachers, and students. Additionally, the families at Christian schools are paying tuition; they put a high value on education. This creates a school culture that prioritizes the intrinsic value of learning. Those high academic expectations for students and faculty lead to a reputation for excellence, and where excellence is, opportunities follow.
- The teachers that are called to Christian education are committed to praying for and investing in their students. The influence of positive teachers has been well-documented. Studies have even shown that positive teacher-student relationships reduce student-to-student bullying. Documentaries have captured how extremely high-risk youth can be pulled out of their statistical doom through a single positive relationship with a caring adult. Public and private schools both are filled with caring teachers; however, the smaller class sizes at Christian schools allow for teachers to spend more time getting to know each student. Additionally, teachers can and do frequently pray with their students in a Christian education environment, something that is strictly disallowed in a public school setting. Students explore different ideas and questions at school that they might not at home, and with believers surrounding them they can count on being given the Biblical perspective to answer their questions.
Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” We could all use one more tool to help guide our children into adulthood, and Christian schools provide families with an entire toolkit.
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