Why would we choose to send our children to a Christian School?
First of all, one must ask the question: "What is the purpose of a school?"
We believe that in order to understand these truths, the deeper questions regarding the meaning and purpose of life cannot be ignored. The curriculum of public education cannot guide students through these deeper questions of life, and it cannot use the Word of God as it's standard of truth. Christian Schools, on the other hand, seek to equip students to recognize the Lordship of Christ in all subject areas of learning, and to respond in obedience to His call to be transforming influences in society.
Not only does a school shape a child's mind, but one also cannot ignore the impact that a school has on the heart of a child. All schools have a vision for the kind of person they want their students to become. In other words, schools do not only teach information, but they also seek to develop the emotions, and influence the living actions of a child's life. The power any school has to impress a worldview on a youngster is great.
So the ultimate question then becomes: "What kind of school mission do I want at work in my child's life?"
Here is an example of two mission statements from two local public schools:
"The district is committed to training and enabling students to be academically sound, responsible, productive, and contributing members of the community."; "The district will educate each student to develop the knowledge, skills, and character necessary to lead a self-reliant, socially responsible life."
In contrast, here is the mission statement of BCA:
"We believe that faith in Christ must be applied to all areas of life, that God’s Word has the answers to individual and world problems. As an educational institution, our goal is to present Christ in all subject matter and in so doing have each child develop a world life view with Christ as the focal point."
When faced with the question of which kind of mission statement we wanted at work in our children's lives, the choice for Christian education became very clear.
The goal of Christian education is to guide children towards an understanding that God is at the center of every pursuit of knowledge. Not only that, but Christian schools also strive to challenge students towards allowing God to mold their hearts in submission to Him, and in doing that, they equip them to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ in the world. There is no greater purpose for a school than to guide students towards embracing the world in this way.