Making a school choice can be challenging for Christian parents. With so many questions to ask and more than a couple of options available , it can be hard to sort it all out. Do they send their children to a Christian school, public school, public charter school or homeschool? They start doing research and they come across many myths in regards to Christian schools. We wanted to look at and address some of the misinformation, especially if these are reasons you have for not sending your children to a Christian school. When considering such an important decision as schooling, we encourage parents to make this decision prayerfully. Here are 3 common myths about Christian schools and some information to help Christian parents as they consider their school choices.
Myth #1 – Christian schools have less qualified teachers.
Most Christian school teachers have the full education to be a public school teacher. In fact, many Christian school educators are either on the track to a credential, already have their credential, or are more than qualified for the position with either a master's or doctoral degree. While they could teach anywhere, these teachers have chosen to follow their passion and teach at a christian school in california. Check with the Christian school you are interested in and inquire about the qualifications of the teachers. What is the plan for professional development? Christian schools consider this very important and are dedicated to the quality and development of their teaching staff.
In addition, logic would follow that if teachers were less qualified, then the education would be of a lower standard. To see if this is true, one only needs to look at standardized test scores. According to the Council for American Private Education, SAT scores for college-bound seniors in religious and independent schools were substantially higher than the national average, actually helping to boost that average. So based on the only objective qualifications we have to measure the quality of the teachers, the quality of teachers does not seem to be lower in Christian schools.
Myth #2- The curriculum in Christian schools is dumbed down.
Looking at the standardized test scores challenges this statement. If Christian schools perform significantly well on the standardized testing, then all that material was covered in class and is therefore not "dumbed" down.
In addition, many Christian schools are moving to the Classical Christian education method. This method uses rhyming and poetry and other mental methods to help the children learn the basics during the elementary education. Then, once students enter the middle school years, they are taught logic and how to create and dissect an argument based upon the facts that are provided. In high school, they are taught the art of rhetoric. Students are taught how to analyze an argument and defend their own position using the given facts. These critical reasoning skills can really help the child to succeed not only in school but in life.
Myth #3- Your child should be in a public school to evangelize.
Would you throw your child into the deep end of the pool without him knowing how to swim or would you rather him learn under the safety of a knowing, caring instructor? It is the same way with evangelism. While on the surface this reason seems to make sense because there are not many unsaved children in Christian schools; it overlooks the value of preparing your child for evangelism. Christian schools help prepare children to evangelize others. Many Christian schools have outreach programs, evangelistic events, or mission trips where the students go out with adults or other better trained students.
An education that is rooted in the Scriptures grows and nurtures a strong understanding of God's Word and how to apply it to every aspect of life. This equipping and discipling time prepares young people to share their faith and defend it.
There is an art to preparing the children for the battle for lost souls.
We ask Christian parents to prayerfully consider a Christian school for their children. I hope that this article has dispelled some of the common myths regarding Christian education. We all need to remember to seek Christ first in any decision we make.