|Category||Christian School Comment|
|Title||47.8 Christian Education Worth the Cost?|
|Author/s||Karen Winter, Dan Egeler|
|Preview||Is it really worthwhile to spend your hard-earned money on a Christian education? At ACSI, we firmly believe it is. I’ve invited Karen Winter, superintendent of Turlock Christian Schools (Turlock, California), to share some of the reasons why Christian schooling is worth what it costs. —Dan Egeler|
Our kids mean the world to us as parents. We would do anything to help ensure their future success and Christian character development. However, as financial pressures weigh on families across the country, you may have wondered whether a Christian education is really worth the cost.
As a Christian school superintendent for 35 years in both church and independent schools, I've had the pleasure of hearing hundreds of testimonies from students, parents, and alumni about the exceptional academic education they received at our Christian schools. One of our recent graduates, who attends a prestigious university, recently shared her professor's accolades: "In all my years, I've never had a student who could think and debate with facts so clearly and not just argue. Where did you learn to debate with such conviction?" With a confident smile, our graduate replied, "Senior Bible class."
Bravo to the dedicated Christian school teachers and leaders in all our schools, because these results are emerging from thousands of Christian schools. In fact, there are several benefits to attending a Christian school:
Two days after transferring to our school, one student said, "I love it here. The teachers and kids really care about me, and no one ever calls me names." The student's parent added, "If I had known Christian schooling would make this much difference in my child's life, we would have changed years ago!"
On occasion, I hear disappointing stories of students who leave Christian schools because they want to be in a bigger sports league or a larger choir. All too often, the child gets in with the wrong crowd and loses motivation. Grades drop and college plans fade, resulting in lost hopes and dreams. Time and time again, parents say, "I wish I would have kept my child in the Christian school. This was one of the biggest mistakes I've made!"
Being in a Christian environment with the support of other Christian parents, teachers, and students is one of the most important benefits of a Christian education. No amount of money can replace the benefits of Christian education for your child's future!
Frenette, M. and P. Chan. 2015. Academic Outcome of Public and Private High School Students: What Lies Behind the Differences? www.statcan.gc.ca/ pub/11f0019m/11f0019m2015367-eng.htm
Van Pelt, D., P. Allison, and D. Allison. 2007. Ontario's Private Schools: Who Chooses Them and Why? www.fraserinstitute.org/sites/default/files/ OntariosPrivateSchools.pdf
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