At the beginning of a new year it is not unusual to become a little introspective. We make resolutions to be better. Sometimes we buy new things that we think we need. We look at what we do and why we do it. Sometimes we even ask if what we are doing matters or if it makes a difference.
A Christian education is an area that could be scrutinized. Is the product worth the expense? What exactly am I investing my money in when I pay tuition for my student to go to Indian Rocks Christian School? Does it really make a difference? I might be a little bit biased, but I think it does and here is why.
Children go to school for about seven hours a day. That is more than half of the time that they are awake each day. This means someone other than a parent is influencing a student for over half of his conscious hours. That is kind of a big deal. If a teacher did not believe the same things a parent believes, you are looking at a 50/50 split of what is being taught to a child. A school year has 180 days. If you take the seven hours per day and multiply it times 180 days it means students spend 1,260 hours in school each year. This number grows even larger if they are involved in athletics, fine arts, or clubs. A student will spend 13 years in a K – 12 school (more if it has a pre-school). So 1,260 hours for 13 years comes out to 16,380 hours of education. That is a significant influence on growing, impressionable students. As a side note, going to church alone for two hours a week over that same time span only comes out to 1,352 hours.
In Deuteronomy 6, Moses gives instruction about loving the Lord. He says, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” The crux of this is that it is a parent’s responsibility to diligently teach his students to love the Lord. To me, diligently means it is intentional and planned. It goes on to say that children should be taught at the house, when you are walking, when you lie down and when you rise up. That pretty much covers all of the time that they are awake. So if a child is in school for half of the time that he is awake, wouldn’t it be valuable if the teachers also taught the things mentioned above?
Indian Rocks Christian School is a tool that parents can choose to help reinforce their Christian beliefs. We work in conjunction with parents and their churches to try to instill a genuine love for the Lord in each and every student. All of our teachers are Christians, and they integrate God’s truth into every subject they teach. Coaches carry Christian principles and character over into their sport practices and games. Daily Bible classes, as well as a weekly chapel, are also used to teach and mold. There are also a number of extra-curricular service opportunities both local and abroad that are valuable in the growth of students.
We are entering into re-enrollment for the 2014-15 school year. Consider the above verses from Deuteronomy when you are trying to decide if a Christian education is worth it. We appreciate the opportunity to partner with you in helping to grow your students into the young men and women that God wants them to be.