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April 02, 2019
By Robert Brent, GCS Parent

Two simple comments from my college freshman son said a lot about Christian education. He graduated from Grace in 2017 after attending Christian school for 13 years. As he headed off to a public university, questions abounded. Did we do the right thing? Had he been too sheltered? Would he compete academically? How would he handle the transition? Would his faith stay strong? Was it worth it? These questions and others had undoubtedly come up over the past 13 years, but now they intensified as the rubber was about to meet the road. We dropped him off in a dorm room with a roommate he had never met, in a strange city he had never known. We gave him a hug, turned our backs, walked away, and prayed that it had been worth it.

Within a few months, we had the answer to our question – was it worth it? The answer didn’t come in a lengthy heartfelt expression of sincere gratitude for our years of spiritual leadership and financial sacrifice. Rather, it came, as it usually does from a teenage boy, in two short comments said in passing.

The first of those comments was, “Boy, college students believe some crazy stuff.” Now, I know what you’re thinking. That’s not very profound at all. And you are right – hardly Socrates or Aristotle. But it was revealing. It revealed that our son filtered his college experience through the prism of a Biblical worldview. He added, “Most college students don’t know what they believe, much less why they believe it.” In processing this comment more with him, it was evident that his faith was grounded in truth, and he was able to measure every new thought or new idea against that standard of Biblical truth. Rather than being “swayed and tossed about by every wind of doctrine” (Eph. 4:14), he was spiritually mature and practicing the application of a Biblical worldview. That is the value of a Christian education, and it is where Grace Christian School excels. Christian education is not adding a Bible class onto an already packed day of academic studies. It is developing critical thinking skills and integrating the application of a Biblical worldview into every area of life and academics. It pays off, and I am thankful for it.

The second comment that I found revealing was, “College is pretty easy.” Again, I know – not Plato, but this speaks to the academic rigor with which he was accustomed having graduated from Grace. He went on to say, “I’m not going to lie, some of those papers that I got an A on in college would have been torn up by Miss White” (his HS English teacher). The academic rigor of Grace gave him the discipline, the study skills, and the foundational math, science, writing, and critical thinking skills to be successful at college.  Yes, in high school, he never had the chance to take an AP Computer Engineering course, or Business Management, or Advanced Photography. But, academic success in college is not determined by the breadth of high school offerings. It is determined by personal discipline and study skills as well as foundational grounding in math, science, writing, and critical thinking. Again, these are areas where Grace Christian School excels.

So while I continue waiting for the heartfelt thank you and “wind beneath my wings” speech, I’ll take the passing comments that say it was worth it.

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