Value of P.R. Education

“Books! Books! And more Books! Stupid Rules! Unreasonable teachers! Too much homework! Why in the world do I have to go here anyway? I can get this in any school.” These are some typical remarks made by many of the students in our own Christian schools today. I’ll admit I too used to question why I attended a Prot­estant Reformed school. People gave me various answers but I didn’t really under­stand these explanations. It took a worldly school to truly give me the answer to this question. Then I was finally able to grasp the importance of my Protestant Reformed education.

My first impression of college was one in which I felt completely alone. For some reason I felt completely different from the majority of the other students. It soon be­came apparent that the reason for this feeling was my faith. There were but a few that believed like me. I found it so hard to understand that most of the stu­dents could actually believe such things as that man has a part in his own salvation. What a change! In our own schools I had held a common bond with the other stu­dents. We all professed to believe the same thing. We felt a sense of unity in being Protestant Reformed.

The college teachers were also com­pletely different. They viewed their stu­dents not as individuals, but instead as just one of the class. They cared very little if a student passed or flunked, teach­ing to them was just a job. Many teachers also appeared to be very anti-Christian. Most used vulgar language and were pro-­evolutionists. One admitted to be a pro abortionist, while yet another advocated premarital sex under certain circumstances. There were many other little things which slipped into their lectures that made it ap­parent that they were not at all like our own covenant teachers. In our own schools, subjects were taught with a Biblical basis. Teachers cared about their students because they loved them in Christ. Sure, there were times they made mistakes, lots of mistakes, but they were trying their best to give every student the best education possible.

Thus today as I continue to attend a worldly institution of learning I am thankful for the Christian education I have re­ceived in our schools. Without it I realize how easy it would be to be lead astray by various wicked and evil ideas introduced to me by worldly students and teachers. This Protestant Reformed education enables me to withstand the wickedness and pol­lution in such a worldly institution today.