The Purpose of Christian Schools

It is the purpose of the Christian school to teach that the Lord Jesus Christ is to be preeminent in all of life, including education. For over three hundred years, the schools of America supported the Christian faith. As the tax-supported public school came on the scene, it was staffed in overwhelming numbers by Christian teachers who communicated the essence of their faith in spite of a system that by the specific determination of its founder, Horace Mann, was intended to be secular.


Significant changes began to appear in the second decade of the twentieth century. John Dewey and William Kilpatrick presented a philosophy that attracted the "emancipated" minds of their day. They denied absolute values, supernatural revelation, and wisdom of experience. This philosophy has shaped the thinking of the great majority of the school administrators in this country today. Therefore, there is a clear, critical difference between the Biblical and the secular viewpoints on a subject. Even though the facts of knowledge are identical for both, the Christian school teaches that no subject can be taught in the totality of its truth when the Creator is denied or ignored, which is the case in the secular school.


Now we read the following concerning the "new breed of teacher":

...relativistic moral attitudes with strong personal commitment.

Morality is a statistical rather than an ethical concept, i.e. what the group thinks is moral.1

It is increasingly evident that the schools of the United States today are not supporting the faith and commitment of Christian homes. After lamenting the widespread rebellion against authority that characterizes college campuses and family circles, we must seek the source that has instructed the younger generation in these patterns of thought and action. No such investigation is complete until the philosophy and instruction in contemporary American education is examined. Those who question the role of the high school, junior high, and elementary classroom in these developments are urged to give special attention to the impact of instruction in literature and social studies.


During the school day the teachers are in loco parentis, in the place of the parents, which makes the parents and teachers partners in the education of the students. Parents, though, are ultimately responsible for the education of their children (Proverbs 22:6). Therefore, it is time for Christian parents to seek and support education to the glory of God. The only educational institutions that are committed to this Biblical standard are those Christian schools that specifically instruct their students to bring into captivity "every thought to the obedience of Jesus Christ." (II Corinthians 10:5)


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