Many of you will be familiar with the term “the Christian bubble” when referring to Christian schooling. If I’m being honest, as a school administrator, I’m not a huge fan of the term. It implies a level or artificial protection that simply doesn’t exist here at a Christian school or in any church or home. I actually prefer the analogy of a net. While we can’t prevent our students from experiencing the world or the negative effects of sin from within and without, we can act as part of a loving community to catch them before (or as) they fall and point them back to the God who loves them, forgives them, gives them value, and shows much grace. We can help them filter life in this world through the truth of scripture and within the context of the body of Christ.
Rather than write about this more, I’m going to encourage you to read an article posted in a recent ACSI publication from a parent perspective. Notwithstanding the use of the bubble analogy, the article articulates much of what we strive after as a community. Below is the opening of the article. After reading, I invite your comments.
In Defense of Christian Private School Bubble
by Andrea Palpant Dilley
Last week I heard my four-year-old daughter Madeline sitting on the toilet singing "Holy, Holy, Holy" with an exaggerated vibrato. My first instinct was to laugh. My second response was an overwhelming sense of gratitude. My kid knows the words to a timeless hymn proclaiming the sacredness of God's triune nature. She knows the words—and will soon learn the attending theology—because of a hard decision that my husband and I made a year ago: to send her to a Christian private school.
To public school advocates, I'm one of those people destroying the educational infrastructure of America, complicit in wrecking the hard-earned egalitarianism of a public classroom where kids of all creeds and colors can meet together in unity to learn about everything from planets to caterpillars. (Slate writer Allison Benedikt was bold enough to write a manifesto to this effect, declaring in no uncertain terms that I'm a bad person for bailing on the public education system.)
I highly encourage you to continue reading here…
Philip S. Warner, administrator of Berks Christian School.