Google, what an amazing tool. It seems to say a lot for a company when their name is converted nationwide into a verb and is no longer merely a pronoun. Our ability to “google” even obscure details with a high degree of confidence that we’ll find an answer is mind boggling.
Who has time to put all that stuff out there in the cyber world? Oh well, I’m just glad it’s there.
Just last week, I searched for instruction on repairing and adjusting the carburetor on my rear-tine garden tiller. Google to the rescue! With a few taps on my keyboard a list of instructions that would have taken hours to go through was instantly available to me.
It is no surprise then that if you google “should I send my child to a Christian school” you’ll be greeted with a jumbo list of input. What was surprising to me though was the glaringly large number of authors that scream against Christian schooling. It seemed to me that after my review of many such articles, you could identify a group of common threads or themes among the detractors.
Here are three themes that stood out: the faculty aren’t as well trained or qualified as their public counter parts; a Christian school is by definition underfunded and therefore lacks opportunities for student growth, but public school have terrific opportunities for kids and are therefore better because they have significant financial resources at their disposal; Christian education, especially bible believing education doesn’t permit young people to ask hard questions, but just forces conformity while public schools are open to and encourage differences and challenges to the status quo.
While that list could take quite a while to deconstruct in detail, how about if we just keep it simple for now. The Readers Digest condensed response is our Mayer Lutheran promise: At Mayer Lutheran #YOUWILL experience instructors that are exceptionally well trained, exceptionally passionate about their subject area, and exceptionally dedicated to delivering an outstanding Christ-centered educational experience. Second, #YOUWILL have opportunities for growth (intellectually, socially, and spiritually), and we will continue to expand those opportunities so students can explore new areas of development in the sciences, technology, and arts. Lastly, #YOUWILL be encouraged to ask hard questions, not hindered. You will be nurtured in critical thinking skills. You will be encouraged to address social challenges, academic challenges, and religious challenges to a Christ-centered life.
But just remember, education isn’t the answer to our children’s future – Jesus is. So, why should you send your child to Mayer Lutheran High School? You should send them because you will be investing in your child’s growth, success, and maturity in a world that desperately needs strong Christian leadership. That investment, well, that investment is a value at any price.
Dan Perrel, ML Admissions Director