Last week, many of our TPCS parents heard Dr. Tim Elmore speak about the challenges and opportunities of raising Generation Z (your kids). Dr. Elmore listed eight challenges facing this generation.
- Empowerment without wisdom.
- Stimulation without ownership.
- Privilege without responsibility.
- Involvement without boundaries.
- Individualism without perspective.
- Accessibility without accountability. (smartphones)
- Opportunity without resilience.
- Consumption without reflection.
As I was reflecting on this list and thinking about the many challenges like; CRT, gender identity, pornographic library reading material, facing kids in public education today, I am reinvigorated by the opportunities in Christian education.
In reality, Christian education is a fundamentally different enterprise than secular education. Christian education rests on the assumption that every person is made in the image of God, created by God for a purpose, and called by God to live in the world He created. Christians are also explicitly called to live for Christ in this cultural moment. Christian education equips and prepares students to understand reality and live with the clarity, confidence, and courage they need to face the challenges of this broken world. It is about training kids to think and live as Christians for such a time as this.
This means that we can do fantastic work in Christian education in this particular moment of incredible opportunity. Christian education begins with Christian assumptions about life, truth, and humanity; it aims at Christian goals, is measured by Christian outcomes, and is guided by Christian methodology.
To do this effectively, Christian education relies heavily on the home and the church. So we both, TPCS and you as parents have a great opportunity to partner together to train these kids in a biblical worldview that will equip them to live and think biblically.