Why Choose FBCS?
WHY CHOOSE FBCS?
"Where should I send my child to school in the fall?" This question is on the forefront of many parents' minds, especially those selecting their first preschool or kindergarten. It continues to be a concern when choosing high schools or even making that final decision on which college package to select.
God has ordained parents as the first and primary educators of their children (Deuteronomy 6:1‑9; Ephesians 6:4). This education goes well beyond the basic academics to the training of every aspect of the child, spiritually, emotionally, socially and physically. Since children spend six or more hours each day in the school environment, where they go to school should be a high priority for parents.
There are many conflicting opinions as to which type of school atmosphere is best. As an administrator of a Christian school, I would like to share my views on this choice. But before I do, I would like to share with you several comments directly from parents who have opted for the Christian school choice. The question I asked in a brief email survey was, "Tell me in a brief one or two sentence statement, why you choose Christian schooling?"
The what is taught involves more than just the three "R's". It is the total integration of God and His Word into every aspect of the curriculum and the methodology of teaching. Each day starts with Bible class, where systematic teaching of doctrine and real life application shape the hearts and minds of the students. God's Word is memorized daily and whole passages are learned as the students progress through the grades. Biblical teaching does not end when the Bible is closed at the end of the period but continues throughout the day, interwoven into every subject. Reading and literature selections focus on the character traits that God wants us to emulate. They recount stories of real life Christian heroes and missionaries who made an impact on the world for God. These are the role models we want our children to follow, not the ones secular society offers today. History is told from a Christian world view where the students can see how God's plan for mankind has unfolded over the years. Science is based on the truth of God' Word, not on what scientists say happened billions of years ago.
In addition to the academic curriculum, the students are taught how to live in a way that is pleasing to the Lord. They are shown how to resolve conflict Biblically and encouraged to express kindness and compassion for one another and those outside the school body that are in need. Respect for authority, for their peers, their surroundings, and even their own belongings is instilled on a regular basis. As fruits of the Spirit are demonstrated in the students' lives, they are recognized publically to promote continued pressing on to be like Christ. Throughout the day, the teaching is not just rote learning, but a continuous series of "teachable moments" strung together.
Equally and perhaps even more important than the what is taught is the who is teaching. Teachers who know and love Christ are wonderful role models for the students to follow. Young children naturally bond with those caretakers they spend a lot of time with who show them consistent love and concern. Parents are seen as the ultimate authority in a young child's life, as often evidenced by expressions such as "my mommy said this" or "my daddy does that." Once a child starts school, and bonds with the teacher he spends most of his day with, the expression often changes to, "my teacher said...." Children are very impressionable and need to have consistency between home and school in the world view that is presented to them. More and more we see in today's society that the humanistic world view found in secular schools is being pressed into the hearts and minds of our children. A child that hears mixed messages every day is confused and uncertain as to what the truth really is. Parents who send their children to a Christian school can be confident that their instruction and training in the things of the Lord is being reinforced and expounded on throughout the school day.
Teachers in a Christian school are there because they are called to the work by God. Much is sacrificed from a financial standpoint but the satisfaction of making a difference in the life of a child for eternity far outweighs the loss for them. There is a much higher level of care and concern for the students and their uniqueness as created by God. Many a teacher prays through her class list or even sits in each student's chair as she prays for wisdom, patience and insight to teach that child effectively. Prayer is incorporated throughout the day so that students learn they can turn to God for all issues, big or small. The gospel is presented frequently in Bible class or in chapel, but also clearly seen being lived out in the life of the teacher.
This combination of what is taught with who is teaching is why I believe Christian schooling is imperative in the life of a child. Children educated in a Christian school are exposed to God's Word on a daily basis, giving them "everything needed for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness." 2 Peter 1:3b. In closing, I believe the following comment sums up in a very succinct way, the obvious choice to make.
I choose Christian schooling so that my child can learn all things according to God's values and truths. Schooling takes up many hours in a person's life; what a waste of time if God is not at its center.