Yesterday I went to register for college, as I did I realized that this would be my first time going to a school that wasn’t Christian. It was relieving knowing that my education wouldn’t be contaminated by the “Christian Perspective.”
The first school I attended used ACE. The program sucked! Literally! There was no real interaction, kids were left to teach themselves, and Christianity was constantly being thrown in your face. Our “teachers” were not college educated and they sat around in a circle all day doing nothing but gossip about other church members. No one ever checked up on the students to see if they actually were learning things and not just copying answers out of the score book. I was one of the lucky ones whose parents actually did check up to make sure I learned something.
After going to that school, we were homeschooled (my brothers and I.) We used the Abeka curriculum. Of course, it is a Christian perspective curriculum. It says so on all their books. That means that they leave out all the good stuff that you should have learned all along about the real world. Everything in the books was based on what Christians said to be truth or false. Which if you know the IFB it is all twisted and corrupt some way or another.
Then there was the school I went to from 12th grade and then into college. (Same church owned the academy and college, so I lump it all in as one.) That was the worst place ever to go to school. It was literally hell on earth. Everything was controlled by the head pastor. Kids were brainwashed into believing things that the pastor wanted them to. Bag checks were regular there. Staff would come through and tell you to leave the class and your things stayed. Then they would search for anything “bad.” If they found something they didn’t like, you were either spanked or expelled or both. My friend wasn’t allowed to graduate because he had a Christian Rock CD. Kids were spanked and humiliated every day there. I remember being told that I was stupid and dumb because I struggled in math. Yet, no one seemed to want to offer any help to get me out of the problem.
The college was very controlling. You weren’t allowed to leave the campus without permission. If you did, they would campus you. Which means that no one of the opposite sex could talk with you and you were not allowed to leave the campus for any reason other than ministries and work. One of their other rules was no interracial dating. If you liked someone that had a different color skin then you then you might as well go to hell right then. It was an awful sin. ( I was beat for that when I was a teen.) As far as the education went, well there was not very much of it going on. We were not ever told the truths about the feminist movement, or about Martin Luther King, or any thing that would liberate people. We were just told that it was all against God and given verses to back it up, supposedly. Mostly, students sat and ranted and raved about their beliefs on Christian issues. Any form of self expression was banned. I had a passion for writing and my teacher noticed this. She encouraged me. (Which if you grew up IFB, you know that is rare.) I started to write short stories, just to explore this area. They were found by a member of my family. I was told how wicked it was and was humiliated to find out that I was the reason they discontinued the writing class and the teacher.
Basically, Christian schools are not really schools. They are places where the staff and pastors brainwash you to believe what they do. They tell you from a young age to obey with out questioning. They tell you that if you do not do what is in the Bible that God will punish you. They tell you it is good that they spank you because it saves your soul from hell. It is a corrupt environment and sure as hell is no place of real education.