Enrollments in Christian schools and academies are continuing to rise amid parental pushback against the filth and racism being taught in many public schools around the country.
In a piece for Breitbart News, Dr. Susan Berry, a psychology major who writes about cultural, educational, and healthcare issues, noted that the increased enrollments in faith-based K-12 schools have led a group of 12 major groups of Christian educators to entertain changes in learning and teaching, according to a joint statement they issued on Monday.
“The last two years have shown the advantage Christian schools have in being nimble in serving students and their families with excellence,” said Lynn Swaner, chairperson of Converge 2022, a March conference being held in San Diego where as many as 750 people are expected to attend and whose focus will be on meeting the needs of a growing number of faith-based school students.
Among the host organizations for the conference is the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), which, last year, saw a 12 percent increase in enrollment at its affiliated K-12 schools, the press statement noted.
The organization noted in a December 2020 report that despite the pandemic 90 percent of Christian-themed schools opened during the 2020-2021 academic year.
“Swaner, who is also chief strategy and innovation officer for ACSI, believes having a relationship with local communities is key for those working in faith-based education, and points to Chattanooga Christian School (CCS), in Tennessee, which has grown to over 1,400 students,” Berry reported.
“CCS has partnered with churches to do microschools, worked with the local community to do watershed projects on its own land and partnered with community-based organizations to provide inclusion services for students with disabilities,” she added.
Increasingly, in addition to becoming frustrated with having to deal with public school districts that are still being shuttered and condemning students to harmful remote learning, parents are also fed up with their kids being exposed to critical race theory, which essentially teaches white kids they are part of a ‘systemically racist’ society they are responsible for maintaining and enabling, as well as sexually explicit books and materials in school libraries, including homosexual encounters and even pedophilia.
Two books, in particular, have raised eyebrows around the country and angered parents: “Lawn Boy” by Jonathan Evison and “Gender Queer: A Memoir” by Maia Kobabe.
“Both of these books include pedophilia. Sex between men and boys,” one mother, Stacy Langton, told school Fairfax County, Va., school board members last fall as she held up the books and read from them. “One book describes a fourth-grade boy performing oral sex on an adult male. The other book has detailed illustrations of a man having sex with a boy.”
“We’re not talking Playboy here,” she went on to tell Fox News. “We’re not talking about Pamela Anderson reclining naked by a pool.
“I’m not one of those activists moms or disgruntled moms. This is not about being anti-gay, anti-trans or whatever,” she continued.
“I would have been there and said every single word I said if this had been the depiction of a heterosexual couple with heterosexual acts — pornography is pornography, and I don’t care what the gender is,” she added. “And by the way, it’s even worse that the pornography involves children. That takes it to a whole other level of evil.”
Joel Gaines, who heads The City School in Philadelphia, says that teachers at his school have a “commitment to providing quality Christian urban education.”
“I believe students who learn within urban spaces are some of the most socially prepared, culturally exposed, and life-ready individuals,” Gaines noted.
In December, NPR lamented the “troubling” declining enrollments in public schools:
We compiled the latest headcount data directly from more than 600 districts in 23 states and Washington, D.C., including statewide data from Massachusetts, Georgia and Alabama. We found that very few districts, especially larger ones, have returned to pre-pandemic numbers. Most are now posting a second straight year of declines.