Monday, May 31, 2010
Pietistic Retreats or Boot Camps
Education (part 27)
Some have viewed the Christian school as a place to retreat from a corrupt culture and secular education; a place to shelter our children from the harsh realities of modern culture. They become retreats from the world, while we wait for the return of Christ to rescue us. In such places, students are sheltered but often naïve and ill-prepared to enter the world as effective soldiers of Christ.
Set over against this are the few Christian schools that recognize the need for the Christian school to be a boot camp that prepares students for service in the world. Rather than retreating from the culture, students are prepared to conquer the culture for Christ. They are exposed a wide variety of things from the culture in the context of a distinctively Christian philosophy of education. They are given the tools of learning that will serve them for a lifetime.