Recently, an educator in a large Christian school shared his concern with me that the Christian School movement is dying. Another leader in Christian education recently expressed similiar concerns to a friend of mine who is a Pastor. A parent recently told me that the school where they send their child experienced a drastic drop in enrollment and probably will not be able to offer sports like soccer to the students this year.
Where I live, the Christian schools are few, and their prices are out of reach for my family's budget. So, we have chosen to provide home education for our children. We lament that our children miss some of the opportunities that would be afforded them at a Christian school, but accept that God has not opened this door for us. While we are unable to send our children to a Christian school, we lament the declines so many Christian schools seem to be experiencing.
What's going on with Christian education in America? What role to local churches have in this? Do you think this will eventually have an impact on higher Christian education? Are there lessons we should be learning in light of this decline in an institution in which God's people have so heavily invested over the years?