Ten Differences Between Public and Christian School

Understanding differences between secular and Christian education is critical if parents are to make an informed decision in favour of their child. We offer the following comparison so that parents can see that in every area of education there is a significant difference in approach. These two different philosophies reflect who is the ultimate source of truth. Please read and pray through these.

Public Schools

Christian Schools

Purpose of Education:
To prepare citizens for a humanistic society that tolerates all lifestyles
 Purpose of Education:
To prepare citizens for the Kingdom of God who are equipped to spread the Gospel
 Content of Education:
Humanism - no values are absolute and no truth is final
 Content of Education:
All of life is studied in submission to the Word of God and its precepts
 Control of Education:
The government determines the content and methods of education
 Control of Education:
The school functions in loco parentis, reinforcing and supporting parental values
 Science:
Naturalism - everything comes from matter, time, and chance
 Science:
God is the Creator and Sustainer of all things; science involves knowing God through knowing His world
 History:
Controlled either by autonomous man or by an impersonal process
 History:
Controlled by an omnipotent God who knows the end from the beginning
 Math:
A tool that is useful because it seems to work at manipulating the natural world
 Math:
A reflection of the mind of an orderly God who has made us in His image to understand the world
 English:
Literature must be representative of all cultures, which are seen as having equal value, and has no inherent meaning
 English:
Students are exposed to a wide variety of literature, which is appreciated as a demonstration of common grace and interpreted in the light of God's Word
 Teachers:
Varied backgrounds - Christianity or some other religion, humanism, atheism; sexual orientation
 Teachers:
Born-again, committed believers seeking to model Christ before their students
 Rules:
Determined by government guidelines
 Rules:
Determined by God's Word and its moral standards
 Peers:
Varied religious backgrounds, often receiving little moral instruction or values at home or church
 Peers:
Students from Christian homes who are there because their parents support Christian values