Ten Differences between Public School and Christian School Education

//Ten Differences between Public School and Christian School Education

Ten Differences between Public School and Christian School Education

Jonathan Ekeland and Bob Walton
The Christian Academy, Brookhaven, PA

Understanding differences between secular and Christian education is critical if parents are to make an informed decision in favor of their child.  We offer the following comparison so that parents can see that in every area of education there is a significant difference in approach.  These two different philosophies reflect who is the ultimate source of truth. Please read and pray through these.

Public Schools

Christian Schools

Purpose of Education:
To prepare citizens for a humanistic society that tolerates all lifestyles
Purpose of Education:
To prepare citizens for the Kingdom of God who are equipped to spread the Gospel
Content of Education:
Humanism – no values are absolute and no truth is final
Content of Education:
All of life is studied in submission to the Word of God and its precepts
Control of Education:
The State determines the content and methods of education
Control of Education:
The school functions 
in loco parentis,reinforcing and supporting parental values
Science:
Naturalism – everything comes from matter, time, and chance
Science:
God is the Creator and Sustainer of all things; science involves knowing God through knowing His world
History:
Controlled either by autonomous man or by an impersonal process
History:
Controlled by an omnipotent God who knows the end from the beginning
Math:
A tool that is useful because it seems to work in manipulating the natural world
Math:
A reflection of the mind of an orderly God who has made us in His image to understand His world
English:
Literature must be representative of all cultures, which are seen as having equal value, and has no inherent meaning
English:
Students are exposed to a variety of quality literature, which is appreciated as a demonstration of common grace and interpreted in the light of God’s Word
Teachers:
Varied backgrounds – Christianity or some other religion, humanism, atheism; may be straight or gay
Teachers:
Born-again, committed believers seeking to model Christ before their students
Rules:
Determined by state and federal laws and guidelines
Rules:
Determined by God’s Word and its moral standards
Peers:
Varied religious backgrounds, often receiving little moral instruction or values at home or church
Peers:
Students from Christian homes who are there because their parents support Christian values

By Jonathan Ekeland and Bob Walton from The Christian Academy, Brookhaven, PA

Originally published on DiscoverChristianSchools.com

2018-03-06T21:53:11+00:00
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