Skeptics like to think of themselves as people of reason, people who value evidence and facts above all else.
I agree, that’s the way we should think.
Why is it then that so many skeptics think people who go to Christian colleges receive an inferior education?
Now……..I am a Bill Maher fan. I watch his show religiously.
But, on this matter……Bill Maher is full of shit.
Skeptics like to focus on the fact that Christian colleges teach creationism. Let’s assume all Christian colleges teach creationism. Does this one fact mean that every other class or course of study is deficient?
Where are the studies, oh we skeptics love studies, that show that a Christian college education is inferior to a secular college education? Come on skeptics…….just one study.
I thought so…..this isn’t about evidence or facts. This is about our disposition towards hating all things religious.
Outside of the science issue, what proof is there that a secular college education is superior to the Christian college education? Three of my children and my wife have taken classes and graduated from secular colleges. I have watched closely as they take their classes. I have read their syllabuses, looked at their textbooks. I have reviewed what was required of them to graduate from their respective college. I found nothing that would suggest that their secular education was superior to a Christian college education.
The truth is, education standards have declined everywhere, Christian and secular. Personally, I think a lot of what is taught at the college level is a colossal waste of time. The whole system is in need of a radical overhaul. Yet, skeptics tend to ignore the deficiencies in their own places of higher learning. Christian colleges, because of their religious beliefs, become easy targets for skeptics. After all, only uneducated hillbillies attend a Christian college. Many of them, curl lip, and with a slight snarl…….many of them were HOME SCHOOLED.
Ah yes, another dog skeptics love to beat. Skeptics hate stereotypes, yet they seem to have no problem using a stereotype when judging home schoolers. Skeptics have their anecdotal evidence of a Christian family that home schooled their children. The kids lacked social skills and were educationally deficient. Never mind that their anecdote is the exception to the rule. Skeptics WANT to believe that home schooled children are wallflowers and have the education of a third grader. This makes it much easier to dismiss Christians and their backwater religion.
Skeptics might want to take a long, hard look at the public school system before they start chucking rocks at families who home school. A couple of years ago I read a number of Comp 1 and and Comp 2 essays written by recent high school graduates for their college English class. The vast majority of the writing was atrocious. Terrible grammar and spelling. Many of them showed a complete lack of ability to construct a coherent paragraph. So much for the superiority of the public school system.
Home schooling has its faults. All six of our children were home schooled. I am well aware of the strengths and weaknesses of our home school program. My wife and I determined that we would focus on core competency, so we made sure our children could read and write well. We adhered to this philosophy: a child who can proficiently read and write can do most anything.
We knew that we could never provide the science education that a public school with a lab could provide. Instead, we taught them to be observers of the natural world. Yes, at the time, we believed they should be careful observers of the natural world God created, but good observation skills are valuable for theist and skeptic alike.
When our children entered college and took Biology they were at a slight disadvantage. I say slight, because they didn’t have the lab skills their public school counterparts did. However, their reading and writing skills were far above their classmates so this offset their lab skill deficiency. Again…..read well and you can learn most anything.
Skeptics need to judge Christian colleges and homeschooling according to facts. We live in an educational world where everything is judged by a number. How do home schoolers test out compared to their high school counterparts? In most instances they test higher, often significantly higher.
Now, I am not saying that every home schooled child is receiving a good education. I have met a few of the anecdotal stories that skeptics like to tell. Parents who have no business home schooling their children. Children who are illiterate. These are rare occasions and the whole home schooling movement should not be judged by the reprehensible actions of a few.
When one of my sons was in elementary school he had a teacher that had no business being a teacher. How she got a college diploma and a teaching certificate is beyond me. After three years, local school administrators found out she was not teaching her students to read and they fired her. Terrible story. Now, using the standard some skeptics do, I could conclude that the public school system is a failure. Of course, a good skeptic wouldn’t do that. The skeptic realizes that all this is one bad teacher, an anecdotal story that proves nothing.
Christianity deserves the criticism it gets but let’s be sure of our facts before we open our mouth or post the latest Bill Maher attack on religion to our blog, Facebook, or Twitter. Christian colleges and home schooling deserves careful scrutiny but let’s not forget our own sacred secular cows.