The closing of many public schools during the pandemic has caused parents to take a closer look at how and where their children are being educated. Christian education is emerging as an excellent alternative.
In a recent survey of public school and Christian school parents, the Herzog Foundation found that parents of children who attended a Christian school were vastly more satisfied with their school experience. Christian parents reported their schools were open even as nearby public options closed. While only 8 percent of public school parents could report that their schools never closed, a quarter of Christian school parents did.
The survey found that during the pandemic, Christian school parents found it easier to manage their child’s time, communicate with teachers, manage their child’s assignments and keep up their child’s morale than the parents of children in public schools. As a result, while just over half of public school parents reported being satisfied with their child’s education in 2020, fully 80 percent of Christian school parents were.
As the country gears up for another possible series of lockdowns in response to the delta variant, it is worthwhile for parents on the fence about Christian education to give it a second look. The data are unmistakable according to the organization: In a panicked, trying year, Christian school parents and their children fared far better than their public school counterparts.
The data offer hope on several fronts. Parents across the country are expressing growing anxiety about the teaching of critical race theory in classrooms. In this survey, 70 percent of all parents do not believe their school should teach that “white people are inherently privileged and black people and others are oppressed.”
Moreover, 80 percent of all parents do not think that their school should teach that achieving racial justice requires discriminating against white people. In other words, while America’s parents may disagree on a great deal, they are united in the belief that many of the central tenets of critical race theory should not be in the classroom — whether that classroom is funded privately or publicly.
These findings are powerful for those who oversee Christian schools and for those parents making tough decisions about their children’s education. In public schools, too many parents see a system that seems more eager to cater to adults than children. This past year, those tendencies were set on overdrive, as public school unions fought both science and reason to keep schools closed. In the face of that, parents ought to consider a broader set of options — including Christian schools whose parents report more satisfaction and more attention to students than their public counterparts.
–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice