I was educated for a while in a Christian school and quickly realise one thing. It’s not as bad as you think it is. Sure the nuns kept trying to make ridiculous claims about Jesus but on the whole owing to my Hindu status I was left alone. At no point was I ever told I was going to hell. I did have to sit through moral science classes but those were silly rather than anything.
Maybe I could see the joke, but Christian Private Schools are big business.
Raising children is difficult enough, especially when you’re committed to instilling Christian values in a world that seems increasingly less respectful of such views. Public schools are federally mandated to be free of religious instruction, and your children spend the majority of their days on school property. This can make teaching Christianity’s central tenets even more difficult, and is a leading reason why many Christian parents opt for a private, faith-based education over a public, secular one.
When you have to explain why your school is better than the others for believing in an imaginary being then you struggle.
Christian Values are not respected because they have proven to be harmful to women and homosexuals and in some cases to the education of children. If your literal stance is you don’t want to go to a Public School because there is insufficient amounts of Jesus then by all means go private.
But I know that the onus to provide such an education is a big problem for many parents who often pay through the nose to provide children with education they cannot afford because they genuinely believe that the only way to be a good Christian is to haemorrhage money to institutes that provide inferior teaching.
- They’ve Lost Faith in the Public Education System – Stories about overworked, under-appreciated teachers who have lost their fire for educating young people, and state mandated curricula that leave much to be desired are, sadly enough, not altogether uncommon. Private schools are known for focusing on their students with an emphasis on encouraging graduation and advancement to college. If you’re concerned that your child isn’t getting the one-on-one attention she needs in an over-crowded classroom, smaller classes focusing on Christ’s teachings as well as academic learning may be a better choice.
Smaller Classrooms = Good
Using Christianity as a teaching tool = Good way to stupidify your child
I am a sore believer that even Christian schools should adhere to a guaranteed syllabus. While the Christian school may clad it’s operation in Jesus, Jesus should be kept outside the educative aspect of it. Really “good” schools understand that. However what defines a good Christian school is not the syllabus. To many Christians it is how much Jesus can be shovelled in.
The best example is Creationism. Creationism cannot be taught at any school as science.
- They’re Impressed With the Results of Christian Schools – Some of the brightest minds in the world have had a private school education. Names you might recognize include Bill Gates, Barbara Bush, Princess Diana of Whales, John McCain, John Kerry and Tommy Lee Jones. While Christian schools are centered on the word of God, they also tend to be academically competitive in a way that many public schools are not.
- Bill Gates dropped out of school in order to be The Computer Geek
- Barbara Bush didn’t strike me as particularly bright.
- Princess Diana of Whales is “Unknown” to me. I didn’t know whales could attend class.
- John McCain had to stand in front of an audience of braying imbeciles and defend Advanced Interrogation (AKA Torture) after being tortured to the point his arms don’t lift above his shoulders. John McCain is living proof that torture doesn’t work had to stand there and sell out everything he is. And you WANT to be like him?
- John Kerry is beige
- Tommy Lee Jones? Which one?
- All private schools are academically competitive because they bar “disruptive” children from them.
- The Desire for Children to Receive a Faith-Centric Education – Sunday school is not always enough to deeply teach the Christian faith and all of its tenets. At a Christian school, religion classes are almost always a requirement and are taught every week, if not every day. Getting that extra dose of religion in their lives can help children learn more about their own faith while they’re learning academic subjects.
You can brainwash your children just that little bit more thoroughly.
I went to a Grammar School in the UK. They are considered elitist because they can “kick people out”. They are however “free” to attend. You score above a certain grade and you go to one. You get a more academic education there. I am in favour of such schools because I do know that many Comprehensive schools would not offer that kind of teaching. The unfortunate problem is that it does create a two tier education system but I don’t think education is the same for everyone. A lot of people I know hated school and never “studied”.
It’s why private schools tend to perform better.
Getting that extra dose of religion just makes kids less smart and prevents them from learning other faiths and understanding how other people learn. I had Religious Education in school. I scored an A* on mine as an atheist. I wrote answers as if there was no gods (in protest because Hinduism wasn’t a “choice” despite being the third biggest faith in the UK) and argued eloquently enough to score well.
If I didn’t receive the open education that I did in RE and instead had to merely regurgitate a single faith, I would have been an arsehole.
The answer to the world’s questions aren’t in any single book. Any one who claims that a tiny book is the “one truth” is a fool. And that’s the most important lesson I learnt from RE.
- To Encourage Kids to Become Stronger Christians – When religion is a part of your child’s daily life, their faith becomes stronger with every passing day. Questions they may have about Christianity or religion in general can be answered in a Christian school setting, and students are able to examine their faith in a tolerant environment. The constant reassurance of faith will help make them stronger Christians in every aspect of their lives. Having other children surrounding them who believe the same things will reaffirm faith, as well.
Which means that any questions they have will only be answered from a Christian setting and they will never get to hear other “dangerous” ideas.
- To Help Kids Learn the Importance of Morality – Public schools aren’t really known for teaching morals, which is where Christian schools excel. Your moral values can be reinforced while your children are at school, rather than being challenged by a secular curriculum. They will better be able to make moral decisions after learning the standards of upstanding, moral behavior.
And we are well aware of Christian Morals ™ where people shame and punish the GLBT and force women to not receive healthcare considered basic and universal. There are parts of the USA where access to basic Obstetric/Gynaecological healthcare is WORSE than India.
The men and women who shout abuse at women seeking abortions are in their minds “moral beings” because they blindly follow a rigid faith.
No human being can claim to be moral through dogmatic adherence to a universal code. At some points breaking the code is a moral choice. Morality is not blind adherence but the ability to process an event and do the correct thing.
- Instilling Faith-Based Academic Teachings – If you want your child to know how their Christianity can affect all areas of their lives, Christian school is the way to go. With certain private schools, all of the school subjects are taught with a Christian context. This is something you would never be able to find in a public school, which generally teach Creationism as a theory and evolution as a fact.
Ah yes. The “Big One”.
We don’t teach Creationism as a theory. We teach it as a fantasy. To call it a theory means it would firstly have to be a hypothesis which generally is based on observations and inferences from the world. Then it would have to have evidence. Creationism is not a theory.
Teaching your children Creationism is like teaching them that the Tooth Fairy is responsible for dentistry.
- Teaching Children to Be Respectful – The teachers in most Christian schools do more than teach just subject matter; they also teach respect. Simply learning more about Christianity will build a level of respect in your child they may never have reached were they left to their own devices in public school.
By respect, they mean a series of things to be ashamed about and to curtail natural behaviour in order to fit into a stereotype as pushed by the culture of the Church.
AKA a “good” girl wears long skirts and does what boys tell her to do.
- Maintaining Discipline in the Classroom – Disciplinary systems within a public Christian school are typically much more strict than their public counterparts, with higher standards of conduct and classroom behavior. Parents looking for a less permissive environment may find that Christian school suits their needs perfectly.
This is only because private schools can throw out disruptive children. If a voucher system forced private schools to not be able to kick students out for disruption then you would actually see standards “plummet”.
- Finding Diversity Without Secularity – Though Christian schools do teach the Christian faith, there are still parents who will send their children to private Christian schools when they don’t share the faith. This is a great way to expose your children to the fact that the world is made up of all kinds of people, some of which believe different things, while still encouraging a foundation of Christian learning.
And this way the people in there won’t be poor! So will be the acceptable sort to hang out with.
- Teaching a Biblical Approach to Human Existence and Purpose – It’s natural for people to question their existence, their purpose on Earth and the philosophical implications of being able to think on a higher cognitive level than any other animal. Christian schools will focus on answering these questions based on what’s taught in the Bible, again strengthening the faith of your child while teaching them more about their religion.
Oh that’s easy. Goddidit and To Fellate His Ego.
Do I get a gold star?
Having a child is a lifetime commitment, and the values you teach them are the ones that they’ll carry throughout their own lives. Christian parents also know that their responsibility to their children extends beyond their physical bodies, also encompassing their immortal souls. In some situations, the best possible method of raising Christian children who cling to their faith is to enroll them in a school that reinforces those beliefs.
I don’t think Christian schools should exist without a state mandated/qualified syllabus. As in “They can hire nuns but they have to teach Evolution in Biology”.
Otherwise you have schools that simply are setting out to hamstring the minds of our future. If your god indeed gave you the brains to understand the world, I am damn sure he doesn’t want you burying your head in a single book and thinking “you get the world”.