Continued reading of the 10 myths…

Myth 2:

We can’t afford Christian school tuition.

If Christian parents feel they must have a home that is larger than they actually need, new cars every three years, a vacation home, significant travel, weekly dining out, a wardrobe that needs constant replenishment, and retirement accounts that get any leftover dollars, then this myth is not a myth

However, the word to consider here is “priorities.” People always do what is important to them. The question is: are the things that are important to God the same things that are important to His people? Educating children in a Christian way is one of the Bible’s most important messages. A Christian education for our children must be a priority. Choosing to downsize the home, limit entertainment spending, and purchase practical transportation as opposed to luxury automobiles, will make monies available for Christian education.

Granted, there are Christian parents who truly cannot afford to pay Christian school tuition due to situations in their lives that are out of their control (providentially hindered). If this is the case, they must spend a great deal of time and effort to teach Biblical truth to their child daily through various ways such as family devotion time or Bible study. They might also apply for financial assistance at a local Christian school. Other Christian parents have come under conviction that they must remove their child from the non-Christian school, but are unable to make the change because of past decisions that have now buried them under debt. There are resources (such as Crown Financial Ministries or Dave Ramsey) that can help a family take steps that will eventually bring them to a point where they can afford a Christian school if they are willing to be disciplined and make the needed life changes.

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10 Most Popular Myths Christian Parents Believe

This will be a 10 week Posting, Stay tuned…..  10 Most Popular Myths Christian Parents Believe.

Answers to the question:

Why do Christian Parents  choose to Educate their children in a School that excludes Christ?

Encouragement

“No one will read this!” This has been the feedback we have received from some who proofed this writing. They contend that most people are no longer willing to read anything more than a “sound bite.” They tell us that the average person just wants the bottom line or the Cliffs Notes version. “Just email me, or better yet, text me- it’s quicker. “Our “bottom line” to you: please give this writing ten minutes of your time. Using the power and truth of Biblical principles, it contains information that may change your life and the life of your children forever.

 

A Difficult Message to Write

We have taken six months to write this booklet. It has been critiqued by parents, grandparents, and teachers both in the Christian and public school sectors. Some have said the message is terrific. Others have said it is preachy or self-righteous. Still others said it was harsh. We listened to the criticisms and made changes that we hoped would remove any tone that would offend while not changing the truths herein.

We understand that what we have written will not win the praise of the world. However, we are not seeking that praise. This booklet is designed to bring truth to minds of Christian parents who choose to have their children educated in a public school or a private non-Christian school. It is not directed to home school parents or non-Christian parents.

We could ignore what is going on in our culture and say nothing, but that would not be Biblical. Christians are called to be truth tellers, even when what we say may be unpopular. Please know our heart on this: we have written this booklet because we love the Lord, love the brethren, and love children. Psalm 40:9-11 says, “I have proclaimed glad tidings of righteousness in the great congregation; Behold, I will not restrain my lips, O LORD, You know. I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart; I have spoken of Your faithfulness and Your salvation; I have not concealed Your loving kindness and Your truth from the great congregation.” Our hope is that God will bless the sharing of His truth through this booklet.

Special note to Christian public school teachers and administrators: this booklet cites some of the unbiblical weaknesses of the public school in America. Please do not read this as a personal attack. We appreciate that you do not agree with the philosophy of the public schools and want to encourage you to be a warrior for Christ in that setting. Although we do not believe that Christ intended for children to be missionaries in the public school, He does intend Christian adults to speak His truth boldly wherever they are. We urge you to trust the Lord as you follow your calling.

Introduction

You have probably heard the term “like a frog in the kettle.” It refers to a situation where the frog sits in room temperature water in the kettle and neither knows nor feels the subtle changes that are happening in the water. Degree after degree, the water increases in heat and eventually the frog is boiled to death.

So it is with many Christian families in America. With the decline of Christianity in our culture and many in the American church behaving more like the world, many Christian families are being boiled to death. Instead of realizing that there is a continual increase in the cultural temperature, Christian parents are being fooled again and again, believing misinformation that is killing the spiritual life of their children.

What about you? Are you being fooled? Have you bought into the secular perspectives that we are constantly bombarded with each day? Have you taken the time and energy to question the so called “facts” that we are fed from all angles? Please read and consider the ten myths that Christian parents frequently believe. You still have time to jump out of the kettle.

Myth 1:

I am saving money by not paying Christian school tuition.

Actually, the costs to parents for not sending their child to a Christian school are potentially much greater. First, Jesus forces us to answer this question about what parents think is most important for their children:

“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?” Mark 8:36  In other words, what have you gained financially if you have lost your child’s soul for all eternity? There are no guarantees that a child will become a follower of Christ due solely to their school environment, but don’t you want to give your child the very best opportunity to hear God’s Word daily and believe it by attending a Christian school? Then there are the monetary costs to consider that dramatically undermine the belief that parents are saving money by sending their children to a public school:

  • According to Eduventures, Inc., a Boston- based market research and consulting company, American rents are spending billions of dollars per year on private tutoring because their children are not being properly educated. This spending has grown 7-10 percent each year for the last three years.
  • Additionally, there is a quality of education cost when a student is not accepted into a quality college of choice because of a poor K-12education.
  • There is a cost to parents when they are forced to pay at the college level for their children to take high school level remedial courses before they are allowed to take core level classes. This is a monetary cost and a time cost as obtaining a college degree may be stretched to five years or more.
  • There is a cost to parents of tens of thousands of dollars more in college loans when their child doesn’t qualify for scholarship or grant opportunities due to a lack of quality K-12 education.
  • All of the above may result in the greatest monetary cost- the difference in pay between a job that requires greater educational qualifications and one that requires less over the 40 year period of work that is ahead for the graduate.

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Cherokee Christian Schools admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities made available to students of the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational and admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.

 

 

 

What are “millennial” parents wanting?

If given the opportunity to select what-ever school they could for their child, more millennials would prefer a private school than any other option, according to a national poll released October 11 by EdChoice, formerly the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice.  Asked “If it were your decision and you could select any type of school, and financial costs and transportation were of no concern, what type of school would you select in order to obtain the best education for your child?” 43 percent of millennials said they would select a private school (including independent, parochial, and religious); 28 percent would choose a regular public school; 13 percent, a home school; and 8 percent said they would choose a charter school. Respondents were split into two groups, half being asked the question above and the other half asked the same question without the condition “and financial costs and transportation were of no concern.” Results varied, but when the two groups were combined, 38 percent of millennials said they would choose a private school; 30 percent, a regular public school; 12 percent would home-school their child; and 11 percent would enroll their child in a charter school.

Glaring Disconnect

The report noted a “glaring disconnect with actual school enrollment patterns.” It continued: “The reality check is profound. About 83 percent of K–12 students attend public school across the country. Only about 10 percent of students enroll in private schools. Roughly 5 percent of students currently go to public charter schools. It is estimated that just under 3 percent of the country’s students are home-schooled.”

What Drives the Choice?

Among millennials who selected a private school as their preferred school type, 18 percent said the most important school characteristic influencing their choice was school quality and the opportunity for a better education. Twelve percent said class size and student-teacher ratios were the driving force of their decision, and another 12 percent said individual attention and a customized education were the main reasons. A host of other private school attributes also attracted millennials, though no single one attracted more than 10 percent of them.

-Publication taken from C.A.P.E

I went to a public school and I turned out OK. Can’t my children do the same?

God says that His word does not return void, that there is power in His word, and that it is the tool that He uses to change and mold a person’s mind and heart. If that is true (and God cannot lie), then I want to think that being in a place where the Word of God is taught and held to be truth would make a difference in the formation of a person’s world views.  A student  would more likely see the world and world issues through a Biblical perspective after being educated in a place where His word was taught and studied for as much as 13 years (K through 12th grades.)

Imagine where you might be in your Christian walk if you had daily study of the Bible from Kindergarten through high school! Think of how God’s word might be more readily available to your daily thoughts and struggles. Think how a student may be used in greater ways by God for His glory if better versed in God’s truth.

I don’t know if I can afford the tuition. What do I do?

First, take an honest and careful look at your finances, Can you make some adjustments to how you spend money? Remembering that all of your money is actually God’s money (He owns it and you are just a manager), pray to God to help you know if you are spending His money in a way that honors Him. Look to see if you are spending money on things that only bring you short term pleasure rather than things eternal value. In light of all that and all that we have discussed here, ask yourself if you have placed less important things above the awesome God ordained task of  educating your children the way God  want you to  rear them. Remember the words from Jesus in Matthew 6:33: “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

You may come to a sobering conclusion that you know that your child should be in a Christian school, but you have put your family in a position that makes it impossible to do so. If that is the case, make plans to make changes that will enable you to afford a Christian education, even if it will take 2-3 years before you accomplish the goal.

If you review your situation and simply can’t afford it, and you can’t make any changes to your personal budget/spending habits pray that God will make a way. Some schools offer financial aid to qualified applicants.

 

But will I be sheltering my child from the “real world”?

There is a common misconception that Christian schools shield children from every temptation and sinful exposure. This is not true, nor is it even possible. Christian schools have the same types of kids non-Christian schools have – sinners! Because all children come into this world with a sin nature, they are all prone to selfishness, anger, malicious talk, coveting and the list goes on. In addition, they are exposed to many of the worldly influences that all children are exposed to in movies, books, television and more.

The difference in the Christian school is that the Christian school brings the Word of God to every situation in the lives of the children. The Christian school is able to apply the Word of God to every instance of sinful thought or action and by God’s grace, renew the mind of the child. Hence, the goal to produce adults that have been trained unto godly living and thinking in a world full of temptation in a world full of temptations and their own weaknesses as a fallen human being.

Many of my friends say that they want their children to be “salt and light” in the non- Christian school. Shouldn’t we do that?

I appreciate their concern. We should be “salt and light” in the world. However, I think a closer look at the passage and the context will help us see who that mission is actually directed to.

In the gospel where this is written, salt and light are meant to be Christian influences in a dark and sinful world. It is only logical that in order to be a Christian influence in the culture, you must be a Christian. So, first you must ask yourself if your child is a born again believer.

Second, we must ask, “In what way can child be salt and light?” “Is my 1st grader or 5th grader or 8th grader able to have an effect for Christ in the school?” “Can he effectively explain the gospel?” “Can he disciple a believer?” “Can he defend his faith when under attack?” “Can he withstand the constant bombardment of non-Christian of non-Christian thoughts and non-Christian acquaintances?”

In the vast majority of cases the answer would be no, and if the answer is no, them your child can’t be “salt and light” In rare case the answer may be yes, but you are obviously putting your child at great risk. Sending a child into an environment that is anti-Christian in philosophy is subjection your child to daily teaching that is determined to replace God in every subject and every area of life. How many young Christians can even discern that they are being fed worldly ways of thoughts?

You might ask why the vast majority are not able to “salt and light”? It is really quite simple – they are just kids, and kids are not the ones that Jesus told to be salt and light – it is adults. It is the same reason that children do not lead Bible studies, become pastors, or go to foreign countries as missionaries. They are not mature enough emotionally or spiritually and for that matter, can’t even provide their own physical needs. They are at a time in their life when their primary function is to be a good student, not someone who teaches or disciples others. They are still being trained for adulthood and are still in the care and direction of their parents.

That goes full circle back to the Christian parents’ responsibility. We are called to protect and nurture our children in the ways of Christ so they can grow up to be world changers for Christ – no longer little saplings, but instead, strong oaks for the Lord!

You have shown me that the Bible says the parents are responsible for the education of their children. Does that mean I have to home school?

No. Some parents are led by the Lord to Homeschool. In such families, it is imperative that the parents realize the scope of homeschooling and are fully committed to doing an excellent job. Other parents may decide that they wish to obtain assistance in the godly education of their children and choose a Christian school. In that case, the parents remain responsible even though they are delegating part of the job to others. That delegation, or partnership with another, must be carefully chosen by the parents and must adhere to the follow Biblical principles.

Ex. 18:21: But select capable men from all the people – men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain – and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.