Letting their children be conformed to this society’s patterns of life through school was not something these parents wanted. They understood the powerful role schools have. Schools help children decide what is and is not important. At home these parents taught their children their beliefs, values, and how they saw the world around them. Yet this was on occasions being undermined in the classrooms.
Most of all Christian parents were concerned they were not fulfilling their responsibility to raise their children. Instead they were entrusting their children into the care of people who saw life and the world very differently.
The founders chose to create new communities of partnership between parents and Christian teachers. They desired a partnership where Jesus Christ, God and the Bible, as well as their own role as parents, would be honoured.
They wanted their children to both recognise and discover God in every aspect of life. Christianity for them was not something limited to Sundays, the home or church. It impacted every area of their life.
When asked “why have Christian schools” the simple answer was, and still is, we want our children to be taught the truth. Apostle John said of his spiritual children -