Wednesday, January 29, 2020

When "School Choice" Means a Christian School

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.  Colossians 2:8, ESV

Theologian Dr. R. C. Sproul writes:

"We wonder why Johnny cannot read, write, think, and pray. What can we expect from a school system that eschews matters of epistemology from the outset? Gone is the classical method of education that produced the intellectual giants of the past—the trivium of grammar, logic, and rhetoric that provided the foundation for the quadrivium of higher education. "  

The modern Christian school movement is a response, primarily from within conservative, Evangelical American Christianity, to the issues that it has faced as a result of the pervasive influence of humanist education coming through the public schools.  Though by the time the Christian school movement reached its peak, more than one generation of Americans had been through two decades of secular humanism in the public school.  A distinctively Christian school is more than just an imitation of public school with Bible class, chapel and daily prayer added.  Our "best practices," classroom management, instructional methodology and objectives use the Bible as a measuring rod for truth.

1.  The philosophy of a Christian school is different.  We acknowledge belief in God's existence, his character and the resolution of human sin through the gift of salvation he gave by grace through faith in the sacrifice and resurrection of his son, Jesus.  We believe the Bible is a complete revelation of God's truth, including how children learn and how they should be instructed.  That changes the approach we teach our students when it comes to problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

2.  The pedagogy of a Christian school is different.  Our instructional strategies and methods are based on best practices that result from research, experience and knowledge of the human intellect discerned from Biblical teaching.  Our teachers are not merely facilitators, they are instructors and authorities when it comes to basic skills development and mastering knowledge objectives.  Their commitment, knowledge and spiritual experiences are all instructional resources and their influence is valued as a vital part of what we do.

3.  The atmosphere of a Christian school is different.   We are certainly not a community of perfect people, but as a parent, your involvement in your child's education is necessary and the school recognizes your authority and responsibility as a parent.  There are some areas of a student's growth and development which we believe are best left to parents and you will be informed regarding the curriculum choices and content of the learning environment.

4.  The academic expectations of a Christian school are different.  All of the measurements used to track academic progress show Christian schools to be high achievers academically.  Recent research done on behalf of ACSI show that we are doing a lot more than just singing "Father Abraham" and talking about loaves and fish.  Collectively, accredited Christian schools rank higher on the academic spectrum of American "school choice" than any other kind of choice except private schools with selective enrollment practices committed to a high academic level.  MCA is not an exception to that rule.  The assessments we use to track academic progress indicate that our instruction results in 92% of our students meeting the grade level benchmarks in core subjects.  The average among public schools in our general neighborhood is 38%.

5.  There is a set of moral standards based on Biblical teaching.  Problem-solving and hands-on learning experiences are not the point of the core curriculum and those techniques are not introduced to students until they have mastered basic skills and not without mastering basic Biblical principles related to personal salvation, prayer and understanding.  We do not want students to have their educational experience confirm dependence upon their own intellect to develop standards of right and wrong but to understand that the Bible is objective truth that is relevant to every subject area. 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make straight your paths.  Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and turn away from evil.  It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.  Proverbs 3:5-8 ESV

We are aware that enrolling your children here requires a sacrifice.  One of the reasons behind National School Choice Week is to increase awareness of school choice and generate some initiatives that will equalize the expense for parents choosing what's best for their own children or, at the very least, relieve them of the tax obligations they have with regard to an education system they are not using.  Noting that our teachers and school staff also are making sacrifices, as are multiple contributors to the school's ministry, the sponsoring church and others in the school community themselves, we pray that God will lead you to consider MCA as the "school choice" for your child in the 2020-21 school year.

To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth--
Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles. 
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.  Proverbs 1:2-9



Monday, January 27, 2020

Celebrating National School Choice Week January 26-31

National School Choice week begins today, January 26 2020.  So you never heard of it?  What is "school choice" and why do we celebrate it?

National School Choice Week is a celebration designed to raise public awareness of the different K-12 educational options available to children and families while also highlighting the benefits of school choice.  The event started in 2011 and is a nonpartisan, nonpolitical, independent public awareness event.  Since school choice includes private, Christian schools and other religious-based options for education, including home schools, we are taking advantage of the opportunity to promote Midwestern Christian Academy as an excellent school choice with distinctive advantages for the students who are enrolled here.

The public school system in the United States enrolls over 85% of all students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade.  The nature of a school system supported by public funding means that school choice immediately becomes a financial issue because alternative choices to the public school system require alternative sources of funding.  Consequently, most families do not have a real "choice" when it comes to the education of their children because they cannot afford necessary tuition and fees.  National School Choice week includes awareness of the need to make all of the different choices available for students affordable and accessible to those who want to have their children's needs met in a different environment.

Under the influence of a school of thought that has been labelled as "progressive," public education in the United States operates under a philosophy that promotes social and cultural change as the mission and purpose of the government-funded school system.  A series of court rulings have made the public schools "religiously neutral" and into the vacuum that was created by that perspective, progressive educators advanced a philosophy of "secular humanism" into the pedagogy of the public schools.  This humanist philosophy holds the belief that human intellect is the highest power in the universe and is capable of resolving all of humanity's problems with proper education.  They see control of the public education system as the means of bringing about social and cultural change to address the problems of poverty, inequitable distribution of resources and ethnic and cultural prejudices which they see as the root causes of suffering, deprivation and war. 

The "religiously neutral" atmosphere of American public education, by eliminating any influence of faith, belief in the existence of God or inclusion of Biblical truth has led to an epistemology that negatively impacts the beliefs and convictions of students who come from Christian families who believe that God exists and that the resolution of humanity's problems comes from understanding the concept of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus, God's son, who was the sacrifice for all human sin. The impact this has had on the Christian church in America is visibly devastating.  The roots of this philosophical and pedagogical approach to education first crept into mainline denominations leading to the corruption of historic doctrine, undermining and abandoning Biblical truth with teaching and preaching that has replaced the spiritual life of the churches with an agenda aimed at social and cultural change through human reason. 

Evangelicals, too, have been susceptible to the influences of what a majority of the children of their church members are exposed to for seven or eight hours a day, five days a week in school.  Church researchers like Ed Stetzer have been telling us for years that something must be done to counter that effect, because we are losing between 70% and 80% of the children and youth raised in our churches by the time they graduate from college, and the figure goes higher for those who attend a state-supported college or university.  Nor are Evangelicals immune from the influence of humanist philosophy.  Dr. Erwin Lutzer, in his book The Church in Babylon, notes that "false gospels" in Western culture have affected the church, including a sense of entitlement creating the idea of "permissive grace", misinterpreting "social justice," new age influence, the "gospel of 'My Sexuality' and interfaith dialogue which compromises evangelism.

Objectives which teach students about human sexuality, including perspectives related to sexual orientation and gender identity are already part of the curriculum in public school.  The purpose of this instruction is not only to discourage discriminatory behavior but to challenge students to think about their own sexual identity and preferences.  No moral perspective is presented.  Up to this point, when sensitive topics like this come up in school, parents are able to have their children "opt out" of the instruction.  Starting in the fall, parents won't have that option.  Don't misunderstand our perspective here.  We believe that God loves everyone and by grace, through faith in Jesus, offers repentance, reconciliation and restoration.  But we believe that teaching about personal sexual morality and the preferences and choices that exist in our culture is a parent responsibility, not a school responsibility. 

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of this world and not according to Christ.  Colossians 2:8 ESV

When "School Choice" means a Christian School 

Theologian Dr. R. C. Sproul writes:

"We wonder why Johnny cannot read, write, think, and pray. What can we expect from a school system that eschews matters of epistemology from the outset? Gone is the classical method of education that produced the intellectual giants of the past—the trivium of grammar, logic, and rhetoric that provided the foundation for the quadrivium of higher education. "  

The modern Christian school movement is a response, primarily from within conservative, Evangelical American Christianity, to the issues that it has faced as a result of the pervasive influence of humanist education coming through the public schools.  Though by the time the Christian school movement reached its peak, more than one generation of Americans had been through two decades of secular humanism in the public school.  A distinctively Christian school is more than just an imitation of public school with Bible class, chapel and daily prayer added.  Our "best practices," classroom management, instructional methodology and objectives use the Bible as a measuring rod for truth. 

1.  The philosophy of a Christian school is different.  We acknowledge belief in God's existence, his character and the resolution of human sin through the gift of salvation he gave by grace through faith in the sacrifice and resurrection of his son, Jesus.  We believe the Bible is a complete revelation of God's truth, including how children learn and how they should be instructed.  That changes the approach we teach our students when it comes to problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

2.  The pedagogy of a Christian school is different.  Our instructional strategies and methods are based on best practices that result from research, experience and knowledge of the human intellect discerned from Biblical teaching.  Our teachers are not merely facilitators, they are instructors and authorities when it comes to basic skills development and mastering knowledge objectives.  Their commitment, knowledge and spiritual experiences are all instructional resources and their influence is valued as a vital part of what we do.

3.  The atmosphere of a Christian school is different.   We are certainly not a community of perfect people, but as a parent, your involvement in your child's education is necessary and the school recognizes your authority and responsibility as a parent.  There are some areas of a student's growth and development which we believe are best left to parents and you will be informed regarding the curriculum choices and content of the learning environment. 

4.  The academic expectations of a Christian school are different.  All of the measurements used to track academic progress show Christian schools to be high achievers academically.  Recent research done on behalf of ACSI show that we are doing a lot more than just singing "Father Abraham" and talking about loaves and fish.  Collectively, accredited Christian schools rank higher on the academic spectrum of American "school choice" than any other kind of choice except private schools with selective enrollment practices committed to a high academic level.  MCA is not an exception to that rule.  The assessments we use to track academic progress indicate that our instruction results in 92% of our students meeting the grade level benchmarks in core subjects.  The average among public schools in our general neighborhood is 38%. 

We are aware that enrolling your children here requires a sacrifice.  One of the reasons behind National School Choice Week is to increase awareness of school choice and generate some initiatives that will equalize the expense for parents choosing what's best for their own children or, at the very least, relieve them of the tax obligations they have with regard to an education system they are not using.  Noting that our teachers and school staff also are making sacrifices, as are multiple contributors to the school's ministry, the sponsoring church and others in the school community themselves, we pray that God will lead you to consider MCA as the "school choice" for your child in the 2020-21 school year.

To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth--
Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles. 
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.  Proverbs 1:2-9

Celebrando la Semanade Elección Escolar del 26 al 31 de enero de 2020

La semana nacional de elección de escuela comienza hoy, 26 de enero de 2020. ¿Entonces nunca has oído hablar de ella? ¿Qué es la "elección escolar" y por qué la celebramos?

La Semana Nacional de Elección Escolar es una celebración diseñada para sensibilizar al público sobre las diferentes opciones educativas K-12 disponibles para niños y familias, al tiempo que destaca los beneficios de la elección escolar. El evento comenzó en 2011 y es un evento de conciencia pública independiente, no político y no partidista. Dado que la elección de la escuela incluye escuelas privadas, cristianas y otras opciones de educación basadas en la religión, incluidas las escuelas de origen, estamos aprovechando la oportunidad de promover la Academia Cristiana del Medio Oeste como una excelente opción escolar con ventajas distintivas para los estudiantes que están matriculados aquí.

El sistema de escuelas públicas en los Estados Unidos inscribe a más del 85% de todos los estudiantes de jardín de infantes a duodécimo grado. La naturaleza de un sistema escolar respaldado por fondos públicos significa que la elección de escuelas se convierte inmediatamente en un problema financiero porque las opciones alternativas al sistema de escuelas públicas requieren fuentes alternativas de financiamiento. En consecuencia, la mayoría de las familias no tienen una "opción" real cuando se trata de la educación de sus hijos porque no pueden pagar la matrícula y las tarifas necesarias. La Semana Nacional de Elección Escolar incluye la conciencia de la necesidad de hacer que todas las diferentes opciones disponibles para los estudiantes sean asequibles y accesibles para aquellos que desean satisfacer las necesidades de sus hijos en un entorno diferente.

Bajo la influencia de una escuela de pensamiento que ha sido etiquetada como "progresiva", la educación pública en los Estados Unidos opera bajo una filosofía que promueve el cambio social y cultural como la misión y el propósito del sistema escolar financiado por el gobierno. Una serie de sentencias judiciales han convertido a las escuelas públicas en "religiosamente neutrales" y en el vacío creado por esa perspectiva, los educadores progresistas avanzaron una filosofía del "humanismo secular" en la pedagogía de las escuelas públicas. Esta filosofía humanista sostiene que el intelecto humano es el poder más elevado del universo y es capaz de resolver todos los problemas de la humanidad con una educación adecuada. Ven el control del sistema de educación pública como el medio de lograr un cambio social y cultural para abordar los problemas de la pobreza, la distribución desigual de los recursos y los prejuicios étnicos y culturales que consideran las causas fundamentales del sufrimiento, las privaciones y la guerra.

La atmósfera "religiosamente neutral" de la educación pública estadounidense, al eliminar cualquier influencia de la fe, la creencia en la existencia de Dios o la inclusión de la verdad bíblica, ha llevado a una epistemología que impacta negativamente las creencias y convicciones de los estudiantes que provienen de familias cristianas que creen que Dios existe y que la resolución de los problemas de la humanidad proviene de entender el concepto de salvación por gracia a través de la fe en Jesús, el hijo de Dios, quien fue el sacrificio por todo pecado humano. El impacto que esto ha tenido en la iglesia cristiana en Estados Unidos es visiblemente devastador. Las raíces de este enfoque filosófico y pedagógico de la educación se infiltraron primero en las denominaciones principales que conducen a la corrupción de la doctrina histórica, socavando y abandonando la verdad bíblica con la enseñanza y la predicación que ha reemplazado la vida espiritual de las iglesias con una agenda dirigida al cambio social y cultural. a través de la razón humana.

Los evangélicos también han sido susceptibles a las influencias de lo que la mayoría de los niños de los miembros de su iglesia están expuestos durante siete u ocho horas al día, cinco días a la semana en la escuela. Los investigadores de la Iglesia como Ed Stetzer nos han estado diciendo durante años que se debe hacer algo para contrarrestar ese efecto, porque estamos perdiendo entre el 70% y el 80% de los niños y jóvenes criados en nuestras iglesias para cuando se gradúen de la universidad, y la cifra aumenta para quienes asisten a un colegio o universidad financiado por el estado. Los evangélicos tampoco son inmunes a la influencia de la filosofía humanista. El Dr. Erwin Lutzer, en su libro La Iglesia en Babilonia, señala que los "falsos evangelios" en la cultura occidental han afectado a la iglesia, incluido un sentido de derecho que crea la idea de "gracia permisiva", malinterpretando la "justicia social", la influencia de la nueva era , el "evangelio de 'Mi sexualidad' y el diálogo interreligioso que compromete la evangelizació.

Los objetivos que enseñan a los estudiantes sobre la sexualidad humana, incluidas las perspectivas relacionadas con la orientación sexual y la identidad de género, ya forman parte del plan de estudios en la escuela pública. El propósito de esta instrucción no es solo desalentar el comportamiento discriminatorio sino desafiar a los estudiantes a pensar sobre su propia identidad y preferencias sexuales. No se presenta ninguna perspectiva moral. Hasta este punto, cuando temas delicados como este surgen en la escuela, los padres pueden hacer que sus hijos "opten por no participar" de la instrucción. A partir del otoño, los padres no tendrán esa opción. No malinterpreten nuestra perspectiva aquí. Creemos que Dios ama a todos y por gracia, a través de la fe en Jesús, ofrece arrepentimiento, reconciliación y restauración. Pero creemos que enseñar sobre la moral sexual personal y las preferencias y elecciones que existen en nuestra cultura es una responsabilidad de los padres, no una responsabilidad escolar.

Procure que nadie lo lleve cautivo por la filosofía y el engaño vacío, según la tradición humana, según los espíritus elementales de este mundo y no según Cristo. Colosenses 2: 8 

Cuando "Elección de escuela" significa una escuela cristiana

El teólogo Dr. R. C. Sproul escribe:

"Nos preguntamos por qué Johnny no puede leer, escribir, pensar y rezar. ¿Qué podemos esperar de un sistema escolar que evita los asuntos de epistemología desde el principio? Atrás quedó el método clásico de educación que produjo los gigantes intelectuales del pasado: el trivium de gramática, lógica y retórica que sirvió de base para el cuadrivio de la educación superior ".

El movimiento de la escuela cristiana moderna es una respuesta, principalmente desde dentro del cristianismo evangélico conservador, a los problemas que ha enfrentado como resultado de la influencia dominante de la educación humanista que llega a través de las escuelas públicas. Aunque para cuando el movimiento escolar cristiano llegó a su punto máximo, más de una generación de estadounidenses había pasado por dos décadas de humanismo secular en la escuela pública. Una escuela distintivamente cristiana es más que una simple imitación de la escuela pública con clase de Biblia, capilla y oración diaria agregada. Nuestras "mejores prácticas", la gestión del aula, la metodología de instrucción y los objetivos utilizan la Biblia como una medida para la verdad.

1. La filosofía de una escuela cristiana es diferente. Reconocemos la creencia en la existencia de Dios, su carácter y la resolución del pecado humano a través del don de la salvación que dio por gracia a través de la fe en el sacrificio y resurrección de su hijo, Jesús. Creemos que la Biblia es una revelación completa de la verdad de Dios, incluyendo cómo aprenden los niños y cómo deben ser instruidos. Eso cambia el enfoque que enseñamos a nuestros estudiantes cuando se trata de la resolución de problemas y las habilidades de pensamiento crítico.

2. La pedagogía de una escuela cristiana es diferente. Nuestras estrategias y métodos de instrucción se basan en las mejores prácticas que resultan de la investigación, la experiencia y el conocimiento del intelecto humano discernido de la enseñanza bíblica. Nuestros maestros no son simplemente facilitadores, son instructores y autoridades cuando se trata del desarrollo de habilidades básicas y el dominio de los objetivos de conocimiento. Su compromiso, conocimiento y experiencias espirituales son todos recursos de instrucción y su influencia se valora como una parte vital de lo que hacemos

3. La atmósfera de una escuela cristiana es diferente. Ciertamente no somos una comunidad de personas perfectas, pero como padre, su participación en la educación de su hijo es necesaria y la escuela reconoce su autoridad y responsabilidad como padre. Hay algunas áreas del crecimiento y desarrollo de un estudiante que creemos que es mejor dejar a los padres y se le informará sobre las opciones de currículo y el contenido del entorno de aprendizaje.

4. Las expectativas académicas de una escuela cristiana son diferentes. Todas las mediciones utilizadas para rastrear el progreso académico muestran que las escuelas cristianas tienen altos logros académicos. Investigaciones recientes realizadas en nombre de ACSI muestran que estamos haciendo mucho más que solo cantar "Padre Abraham" y hablar de panes y peces. Colectivamente, las escuelas cristianas acreditadas tienen un rango más alto en el espectro académico de la "elección de escuela" estadounidense que cualquier otro tipo de elección, excepto las escuelas privadas con prácticas de inscripción selectiva comprometidas con un alto nivel académico. MCA no es una excepción a esa regla. Las evaluaciones que utilizamos para rastrear el progreso académico indican que nuestra instrucción da como resultado que el 92% de nuestros estudiantes cumplan con los puntos de referencia de nivel de grado en las materias básicas. El promedio entre las escuelas públicas en nuestro vecindario general es del 38%.

Somos conscientes de que inscribir a sus hijos aquí requiere un sacrificio. Una de las razones detrás de la Semana Nacional de Elección Escolar es aumentar el conocimiento de la elección de escuela y generar algunas iniciativas que igualarán el gasto para que los padres elijan lo que es mejor para sus propios hijos o, al menos, los alivien de las obligaciones fiscales que tienen respecto a un sistema educativo que no están utilizando. Al señalar que nuestros maestros y el personal de la escuela también están haciendo sacrificios, al igual que los múltiples contribuyentes al ministerio de la escuela, la iglesia patrocinadora y otros miembros de la comunidad escolar, rogamos que Dios lo lleve a considerar a MCA como la "opción escolar" para su niño en el año escolar 2020-21.

Conocer la sabiduría y la instrucción, comprender las palabras de perspicacia, recibir instrucción en el trato sabio, en la justicia, la justicia y la equidad; para dar prudencia a lo simple, conocimiento y discreción a la juventud

Deje que los sabios escuchen y aumenten su aprendizaje, y el que entiende obtenga orientación para comprender un proverbio y un dicho, las palabras de los sabios y sus acertijos.

El temor del Señor es el comienzo del conocimiento; los tontos desprecian la sabiduría y la instrucción.  Proverbs 1:2-9








Thursday, January 9, 2020

Why We're Here: The Blessings of a Christian School Ministry


To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth---Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles.  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:2-7

Following our Christmas musical presentations this year, a relative of two of our new students made a point of coming up to talk to me about what happens in our school every day.  He had noticed a significant change in the attitude and behavior of these two students, the children of family members, a positive change that included evidence of their response to the influence of the Christian atmosphere of the school and of their personal growth when it came to their faith formation.  The changes had been noticed almost from the very beginning of their enrollment here.  It's really a blessing to hear that the work done by the school every day, which often appears to be routine for us, is making a difference in the lives of the children who come to school here and that is also being passed along to their family members.   

That's why we're here.


As a Christian school, we bring the light of Christ into the education of his children.  A Biblical philosophy of education is built on principles revealed by God in his written word.  And while the primary responsibility for seeing that children are educated, not only in faith formation but in knowledge and skills necessary for fulfilling God's purpose for their life, belongs to the parents, the complex requirements associated with educating children in our society requires the Biblical community, namely the local Christian church, to help.  


The educational system that has developed in our culture is secular.  Because it is taxpayer supported, it must adhere to the interpretation of laws which require schools to be "religiously neutral."  That is to say, because it is a government-supported institution, a public school cannot show that it favors the practice of one religion over another or that it favors those who practice a religion over those who do not.  


How much of a difference does that make in the education of a child? 

Taking God out of the process causes a spiritual vacuum to occur in the expected student outcome.  Morality and a system of teaching behavior and conduct based on values that are taught and brought to light by the Bible are left out of the curriculum.  That creates a vacuum that is filled by the secular ideas of a humanist philosophy that is at odds with Biblical teaching on everything from the sanctity of human life to gender identity and sexual preferences.  It is this philosophy which forms the basis of the public school curriculum which has children under its influence seven hours a day, five days a week.  The public school appears as an educational authority.  After all, it is giving students knowledge and helping develop skills.  If teachers can't teach about the existence of a Creator God, then "salvation" as we know it becomes the result of human intellect alone.

The results of this vacuum, over the course of the time in which the schools have been required to be "religiously neutral" is that a large number of the children and youth who are being brought up in church wind up leaving it right after high school and most don't ever return.  Christians are now a significant minority among the members of both Generation X and the Millennial generation in this country, fewer than 10% of those in the latter group attend or are affiliated with a church or denomination.  If the aim has been to create a secular society, it is being accomplished with each succeeding generation of American adults.  

Placing your child in a Christian school is not a guarantee that they will follow their faith and grow into a mature believer and follower of Christ.  But it certainly improves the odds of that happening.  When the primary objective of their school's educational philosophy is to connect each element of knowledge, and each skill they learn, to Biblical thinking and faith formation, it does achieve the goal of helping a student find their way to the spiritual maturity God desires us to have.  The difference while they are students is noticeable, the outcome is measurable.  

There are sacrifices involved in sending your children to a Christian school.  But everyone involved is making them, from the parents who have to pay tuition to the teachers and staff who are working for less money because that is a balanced sacrifice that keeps costs low for parents.  At MCA, we have an open enrollment policy which doesn't require placement testing for students.  We don't offer a lot of special programs.  Yet our students, for the most part, love coming here and wouldn't want to go anywhere else.  If Christian faith formation for your child is a priority for you as a parent, then you understand what it means to sacrifice for their education in a Christian school.  


There is a perception that some sacrifice is also made when it comes to academics.  That is a mistaken impression.  While we do not have the resources of the public school system at our disposal, there is considerably research on virtually all levels, national, state and local, to show that Christian schools provide an excellent academic environment for their students.  Though at MCA our students tend to do well on standardized tests, that is only part of the measurement of achievement.  One of the things we try to impress on parents and get them to understand is that we are not a public school.  Content is just one of the things that you will find to be different.  


Our instructional methodology is going to be different.  There are Biblical models of instruction that you won't find in many public schools.  One of the most often mentioned differences is the amount of memorization that we do.  It's a carry-over from Bible class instruction, one of those "old fashioned" things, right?  Someone noticed that kids who memorize scripture gained some advantages in skill development in other subject areas as well.  There is research which shows memorization also increases attention span and focus and improves concentration.  So memorizing Bible verses can, theoretically at least, improve your math skills.  

Do you want to talk really old-fashioned?  The classical model of education has seen a recent expansion among Christian schools that is really gaining in popularity.  A "classical" Christian school emphasizes Biblical teachings built around a model in which the teacher instructs based on both authority and gifting as a teacher and as a facilitator.  Curriculum is based on the "Trivium," which includes grammar, logic and rhetoric and all subjects are taught from that order of advancement.  Learning the Latin language is an essential part of the core curriculum.  It took a while, but classical Christian schools have become very popular, especially among Christians in the Reformed Protestant tradition.  

Likewise the "back to the basics" movement among Christian schools has gained in popularity since schools first adopted that model in the mid-1990's.  In areas of the country where "open classrooms" were introduced as innovations in public education, parents flocked to these "basics" academies, most of them Christian schools, which took the social agenda out of the curriculum, blocked instruction in language arts, social studies, science and mathematics, added Bible classes and integrated instructional objectives with Biblical truth.  These schools appealed to parents because of their highly structured and ordered classrooms, elimination of "clutter" from the course objectives combined with increased time spent on skill development in math and reading in a blocked schedule interspersed with fine arts, PE and other elective courses.  We had to come up with a better way of enrollment at the school where I taught, because parents would literally camp out on the parking lot the night before registration opened in order to grab a spot for their child.  

The value of what you are providing your child here at MCA will become very clear to you in that moment when you observe your child praying to God for an answer regarding a decision or personal choice they are making.  You'll understand what all of the time they spent here was about when they prepare to go off to college and they take their Bible and their faith with them.  You'll appreciate those dollars you spent on tuition when they choose a marriage partner that shares the Christian values you taught them at home and we reinforced here at school.  You'll appreciate the blessings you receive when your child decides they're going to serve the Lord as part of his church, whether they become a plumber or a preacher.  And you'll realize they didn't really miss out on the social ladder or the football team.  


But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness.  If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.  Romans 8:10-11 ESV