You can’t believe everything you hear, especially when it comes to education. When the economy is hard hit, Christian colleges have gotten a bad rap for being expensive and irrelevant. But this kind of thinking is often fueled by misperceptions surrounding Christian education, especially ones that don’t see the bigger picture of how Christian education is relevant in today’s world.
By dealing with the myths surrounding Christian education, parents and students are able to see how Christian colleges stack up to the competition and in many ways are superior to other institutions.
Myth 1: Christian colleges aren’t relevant for today’s job market.
The job market in America needs people who think outside the box, who work with integrity and honesty and bring a wide range of skills and thinking into the workplace.
Christian colleges and universities prepare students for the future by encouraging critical thinking skills and providing students with a solid theological base that will shape their character for years.
Myth 2: Christian education is too expensive.
With the cost of education skyrocketing, it’s important to look at the final cost after a financial package has been put together. Aggressive packages, along with other funding sources, may reduce an expensive price tag down to a more manageable level. Cost should not be the only consideration when choosing a school. Christian education can be an affordable choice for families.
Myth 3: Christian colleges are only for pastors, missionaries, and teachers.
Christian colleges do not cater only to those who want to preach and teach. Many Christian colleges offer dozens of degrees—some boasting over 80 fields of study in everything from business, nursing, arts, sciences, media, social work, education and more.
Myth 4: Colleges should focus on career education and not faith.
When we make assumptions that there is a one-size-fits-all solution to getting a job, we leave out all the skills that students need to be successful in their field. A Christian education gives students the ability to think critically, as well as write and speak well—all skills needed to give students the best shot at a great job.
At a Christian college, students are not only given opportunities to acquire these skills, they are also given the chance to develop them in the context of a Christian worldview. If we prepare students for the changing job market, which likely means multiple careers instead of a single job track, then we need to provide students with the skills to navigate the changing landscape of the future.
Christian colleges not only provide a solid educational foundation, but the tools to live a life grounded in Christian beliefs and values. This will aid students in developing a framework for solving problems and understanding the world, no matter what their path in life.
Sara Ward has a master’s degree in educational psychology and currently writes articles for businesses, educational groups and nonprofits across the web. She also writes a personal blog on faith, adoption and loss at poetsandsaints.com