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The Case for 基督教 College

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阿米莉亚·哈珀(Amelia Harper)

Like many homeschooling parents, my goal for my children has always been to provide them with a strong 基督教 foundation, to educate and enlighten their minds, and to prepare them for a life of service that will most likely extend beyond the fours walls of our home. I have homeschooled five children for over eighteen years and this year watched the third child cross the threshold of high school graduation and go out into the world of adulthood where homeschooled students are inevitably faced with the question, “What now?”

For our family, so far, each of the children has chosen the course of 基督教 college education. Both my husband and I received a superior education at good 基督教 liberal arts college and strongly urged our children to consider that option, though we were supportive of other options as well.

我们的主要目标是让他们为与外界的不可避免的冲突做好准备,同时仍保留其父亲的信仰。我们希望他们的大学经历可以教给他们思想独立性,但是我们也希望他们仍然拥有一个养育,支持的道德环境,其规则和界限清晰,可以限制他们所遇到的诱惑。我们希望他们通过基督教的世界观来审视他们注定要面对的世界。简而言之,我们希望让他们学习在世俗世界中生存所必须具备的技能,而又要在能够模仿他们在家接受的教育的环境中获得这些知识。

显然,他们不会在世俗大学获得全部收益。我的丈夫是一位牧师,在读基督教大学之前曾在一所州立大学上学。他直接了解到基督徒经常因信仰而被嘲笑,嘲笑甚至受到威胁。我还听说,许多世俗教授认为,打破青年基督徒的信仰并代之以人文世界观是个人的挑战。几年前,我采访迈克·亚当斯(Mike Adams)教授为TOS发表的一篇文章时,证实了我对此的怀疑。北卡罗来纳州州立大学犯罪学教授亚当斯(Adams)在他的《欢迎来到象牙塔的通天塔:保守学院的自白》一书中,揭示了旨在引导年轻人支持自由,不道德的制度的阴暗面,以及对世界的反感。 (可在TOS网站的档案中找到该文章。)

It surprises me to see how many 基督教 homeschooled families choose secular colleges when the risks are so great. Why do so many parents carefully nurture and protect their children throughout their childhood 上 ly to throw them into Vanity Fair when the ink is barely dry 上 the diploma? Secular colleges offer more temptations and dilemmas, both physical and spiritual, than most 基督教s will face in a lifetime after the college days have ended. Sex, pornography, and drug and alcohol use are considered rites of passage 通过 many college-aged students in our culture.

However, a good 基督教 college can be an excellent transition for the important journey a child takes into adulthood. All this effort can be rewarding, for 基督教 college attendance has several advantages.

教育优势

一些学生发现,他们可以从竞争和大学出勤提供的截止日期中受益:这些压力使他们更加专注和学习。而且,尽管现在可以在许多大学学位课程中使用远程学习,但是许多专业仍然需要小组设置,动手参与或直接的老师指导。此外,很少有学生在开始大学生涯时就受到职业选择的限制。通常,学生会发现大学经历开阔了他们的视野,使他们找到了在大学学习之前从未发现过的职业机会。

伊丽莎白·马洛(Elisabeth Marlowe)是一名在家上学的学生,最近从鲍勃·琼斯大学(Bob Jones University)获得了创意写作学士学位(辅修戏剧作品),并获得了硕士学位。 ’s degree in secondary education from Pensacola 基督教 College, took classes both with distance learning and at 基督教 colleges. From her perspective, the college experience did a better job preparing her for her chosen field.

“远程学习只是不’在每个专业上总是可行的,” Marlowe said. “我无法从远程学习班获得所需的教育。与老师和同伴一对一是必不可少的,以建立您所需的专业知识领域… I couldn’在家做不到的。”

老师直接联系

Marlowe还指出,直接的老师联系对这两次大学经历产生了很大的影响。“我确实参加了一些远程学习课程,以帮助我完成我可以应付的水平的学位,但这只是基础课程,” Marlowe explained. “我在校园里参加了所有核心课程。经历了一点点,我绝对喜欢与老师面对面交谈。您可以随时打开门,致电或发送电子邮件以获取帮助。如果你’通过远程学习重新上课,您只能获得9到5的帮助,有时’很难通过电话解释您的问题。”

课外优势

基督教 colleges also allow students to explore extracurricular activities and learn skills that are hard to learn at home. Through the college experience, my sons have taken music lessons, ministered in New York as part of a team, learned set design and lighting, played organized sports, served in leadership positions, worked in an art gallery, worked behind the scenes in operatic productions, and participated in a film project–all with 基督教 oversight. It would be impossible to duplicate this wide range of experiences in our small town.

交流思想

上大学可以使学生与其他同意的人有更多的讨论自由–or disagree–他们对各种主题的看法。正如目前就读自由大学的家庭学校毕业生Jennifer Brown所说,“大学以我以前做过的方式为我准备了现实世界’没想到,例如学会捍卫(必要时)我作为家庭学校毕业生的地位。当我学会捍卫自己的观点以反对其他观点时,这也使我在智力上更加紧张。”

社会发展

基督教大学的出勤率使学生可以与可能成为未来商务或事工同事的其他人进行联系。同样,对于生活在与其他年轻基督徒成年人接触有限的地区的许多在家上学的学生,大学可能是结识未来丈夫或妻子的最佳方式之一。无论如何,他们很可能会与其他志同道合的学生建立终身友谊。正如马洛所说,“对我来说,最大的好处之一就是与基督徒会面。当你’在一所基督教大学里,您有机会每天与成千上万的基督徒见面,团契和互动。一世’我在大学里结识了我最好的朋友,并计划与我未来的朋友一起。”

独立性增加

伊丽莎白·马洛(Elisabeth Marlowe)还指出了她在大学期间所经历的独立性如何帮助她为成年做好准备。“I also feel attending a 基督教 college helps especially homeschooled adolescents mature into godly 基督教 adults,” Marlowe said. “当我上大学时,我在很大程度上依靠自己。我负责我的家庭作业和课程,宵禁,洗衣,财务和截止日期。大学是您自己生活的先决条件。它使您远离爸爸妈妈’持续的关怀却使您与他们保持联系。对我来说,大学真的帮助我不要害怕迈出成年的第一步。”

精神成长

Attendance at a good 基督教 college can also be the catalyst that propels a young person into a more personal relationship with the Lord. As students study the Word of God together, pray together, and see prayers answered in the lives of others, their own faith can increase.

另外,对于许多学生来说,要成年,必须对其信仰基础进行健康检查。我知道我什至在一所基督教大学也经历过这一过程。我开始质疑我的基督教信仰的有效性,以及我是真的独自相信这一点,还是仅仅模仿了父母教给我的东西。几个月以来,我一直面临着严重的信仰危机,但是当我终于找到立足点时,我的信仰比以往任何时候都更加坚强,因为我知道这是我自己的。在基督教环境中学习时,面对这场危机非常困难,但是我不禁思考,当一门装甲的任何缝隙将我标记为拒绝上帝的人的公平牺牲品时,我会在世俗大学中得出什么结论。

对于伊丽莎白·马洛(Elisabeth Marlowe)来说,大学对她的精神生活产生了重大影响。“当我上大学时,我的一名室友告诉我,‘上帝会在大学里伤害你的。’ I didn’当时不明白,但我现在知道了。上帝不得不打破我的意志很多次,以提醒我他在控制之中,他知道最好的。如果我没有’我上过大学’不能面对生活’现在遇到了困难,但在大学期间,我看到了上帝在我生命中的表现,现在他每天都使我想起那些时代,我知道他’足以让我明白。”

Deciding what path to take after high school is not always easy, especially as we are now faced with so many options. For some people, distance learning may offer what they need. A friend of mine has, so far, had three sons attend a 基督教 college, but her daughter, who is now in high school, recently told her that she is seriously considering distance learning for college so that she can stay and minister in her home church. It is hard to argue with such logic. If you feel that God is leading you to pursue your college at home, a growing number of options are available.

However, 基督教 colleges are well worth your consideration if you are looking for a more traditional setting. These colleges offer a wide range of educational and social advantages for the homeschooled student transitioning into adulthood. The best advice is to do as homeschool graduate Jennifer Brown advised: “确保你去了你相信上帝想要你的地方。”

How to Choose a 基督教 College for Your Family

术语“Christian” varies greatly when applied to colleges. Some are basically Bible colleges that are designed mainly to instruct pastors, teachers, and missionaries. Some are solid liberal arts universities that teach a wide range of subjects from a 基督教 worldview. Some are 基督教 in name 上 ly and abandoned solid Bible teaching years ago. For example, a representative from 上 e college that has a denominational name 上 ce debated with me 上 a radio program about the advantages of teenagers exploring homosexuality. Do your homework BEFORE you go to college. Careful research can help you find the college that is the best fit for you and your family.

阅读学校’的信念声明。

基督教 colleges generally have a statement of faith that tells about the beliefs of the school. Check this out to see if you agree with what is taught at the school.

查阅学生手册。

如果可能,请查看列出该机构的规则和责任程序的学生手册。没有人会喜欢这样的规则,但是规则可以帮助保护学生并灌输他们未来生活中需要的纪律。父母对于把孩子送到一所致力于照顾学生的大学方面可能会感到更自在。大学规则通常可以帮助学生从紧密的家庭环境过渡到完全独立。对于在家学习的学生,这可能是真正的优势。

查看学校的学术声誉。

Academic reputation is not necessarily measured 通过 accreditation. Some top-notch schools choose not to be accredited rather than compromise 上 issues imposed 通过 a secular institution. Some are accredited 通过 agencies that allow them to maintain their 基督教 worldview. For a student planning a career in a secular field, it is important to research how the institution is respected in the academic and business world. Ask admissions counselors what specific graduate schools accept the school’s度。还找出组织从大学招募的人’的学生人数。

查看目录和网站。

目录和网站可以告诉您的不仅仅是专业。查看特定的课程标题和说明,以了解有关课堂教学方法的更多信息。目录是否像许多世俗学院一样反映了教授自由社会议程的课程,这些课程被掩盖为学术课程?进化论被认为是可行的选择吗?大学认可什么样的俱乐部,组织和活动?所有这些都可以告诉您有关学校的更多信息’的总体理念,并帮助您了解学校是否适合您。

参观校园。

大多数大学都会允许准学生及其父母参观校园,甚至免费参加一些课程。这是一种更好地了解校园生活并查看它是否适合您的好方法。

意识到没有一所大学是完美的。

Of course, you will not find a perfect place anywhere 上 this earth. Every college will likely have something that you do not like. There are advantages and disadvantages to every higher education scenario. But careful research can help you make a more informed decision. Also remember that not everyone who attends a 基督教 college is truly committed to the Lord. Use discretion in choosing friends and activities at 基督教 college as much as you would in your own hometown.

以应该走的方式训练孩子,当他长大时,他不会离开。 -箴言22:6
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