If you are considering investing in a faith-based education for your child, you may be wondering what the long-term benefits of such an education may be. Private Christian schools can be a significant financial investment, so how can you know your dollars have been well spent? Here are some potential benefits to consider:
A Global Worldview
A well-taught faith-based education will give students a broader, healthier perspective on life than their peers. A worldview that is based on biblical principles will be one of selflessness, acceptance, and love for their fellow man. As articulated by the Notre Dame School in the UK, “In a school that offers a Christian education the principles of welcome, nurture and compassion should be evident as you walk through the door. […] This is part of the mission of a faith school, where all are welcome, and encompasses an ethos that stretches throughout the world, because faith organisations seek to bring stability and compassion into an uncertain world.”
Students whose education is built on the teachings of Jesus Christ will not grow up into self-centered, ethnocentric adults. Quite the contrary. They will grow into a loving force for the greater good of mankind.
Academics Rooted in Compassion and Empathy
As a parent, the number one thing you may want to teach your child is how to have a compassionate and empathetic spirit. There is no greater principle that a person can develop in this life. It will serve them well in every single aspect of the human experience. An education that is based upon the Word of God will have a central focus on developing compassion, leading students to long-term relational and professional success.
Strong Academic Benefits
In a report published by USA Today, they found: “In 12 studies over the past 15 years that relied on the research method of random assignment, 11 showed that students using vouchers to attend private and faith-based schools had higher reading and math scores and higher graduation rates and college attendance than students who remained in their public schools.”
The correlation between a faith-based education and long term academic success is a strong one. The Council for American Private Education (CAPE) stated, “Students in religious schools enjoy a significant academic advantage over their counterparts in traditional public schools and charter schools”, according to findings from a meta-analysis of 90 studies on the effects of schools conducted by William Jeynes, senior fellow at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, New Jersey, and a professor at California State University, Long Beach. The study was published in issue 3 of volume 87 of the Peabody Journal of Education.
“The results indicate that attending private religious schools is associated with the highest level of academic achievement among the three school types, even when sophisticated controls are used to adjust for socioeconomic status.”
If you’re considering a faith-based education for your child, contact First Baptist Academy today. We would love to speak with you!