As a parent of three children and a preschool teacher at a Christian school, I am often asked this question, “Is it worth the money spent for my child to have an education at a Christian school?” Or they may ask, “Does it really matter to a three year old if their preschool has Christian teachers in the classroom?”
My answer is YES!
These questions were the same ones my husband and I were asking, but after much prayer, with “the end” in mind, we decided to enroll our three children into a Christian school.
Now, when I say “the end”, I know some may think we are referring to an Ivy League school acceptance, a 4.0 GPA, a stellar athlete, a prolific writer, a master artist, an accomplished musician, a spelling bee champion, or a student of the month award winner, etc. Although all of these are good ambitions for our children, this was not our goal. Instead, “the end” we had in mind was HEAVEN, of course.
This realization completely changed the question for us. Instead of asking if the cost of a christian education was worth the price, it now became:
At what cost are we willing to invest spiritually in our kid’s lives for the day they meet face-to-face with Jesus?
At home, education and faith are woven together as we raise our kids. We envisioned our children’s education like a garden, where we were called to plant seeds of faith, hope and love, and at a Christ-centered school, those seeds can be watered and nurtured as they grow.
Of course, our children have faith in us as parents and they believe in what we tell them, but another important role model that they may listen to and trust could be their teachers, whom our children are with for a good portion of their day. There can be such a comfort knowing our children are safe and cared for in a Christian environment where our love and faith from home is extended to the classroom.
Beginning in preschool (ages 3-5), when they are developing their life skills, they can learn from their Christian teachers how God made them and that God loves them. Then in elementary school (ages 6-11) their Christian teachers can help our kids see that they can trust God no matter what and how important it is to treat others the way they want to be treated.
As they move toward middle school (ages 12-14), their Christian teachers can share the truth that each child is a part of God’s story and that they have a purpose and a plan that involves following Jesus. And finally, during their high school years (ages 15-18), their Christian teachers can help them understand their purpose in God, their individual gifts from God, and how to share God with others. All of this can be a part of our children’s educational experience.
Although we do have many educational goals and ambitions for our children, none are more important than the goal of heaven. I know if our children could be surrounded by a staff and teachers who genuinely and authentically love Jesus, this can give them a glimpse of heaven—on earth!
What is the cost? Let’s just put it this way, the cost is too great...for my children or for yours...to miss out on an education in a Christian school surrounded by loving teachers who hold Christ in their heart and teach our children in the way that they should go.
"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6