Homeschoolers Flock to Small, Christian Patrick Henry College
“It’s a return to sanity. It’s a return to common sense.”
People are looking for alternatives to woke colleges, and they do exist.
FOX News reports:
Homeschoolers flock to this small Christian college that counters Ivy League’s culture
A small Christian college with a large home-school population is challenging the norms of liberal elite universities and is returning education to “sanity,” the founder of an SAT alternative told Fox News.
“There is an abundance of people with college degrees,” Jeremy Tate, founder of the Classic Learning Test, told Fox News. “There’s a scarcity of people with the kind of work ethic and the kind of integrity that employers are looking for right now.”
Tate, a former college counselor, said Patrick Henry College’s well-rounded graduates have a stronger work ethic than their peers from traditional schools and are better disciplined. He chalked up their success to the faith-based conservative college’s large home-school population, an on-campus device ban and a dress code for students.
“They’re forming young people in all the right ways,” Tate said. “It’s a return to sanity. It’s a return to common sense.”
Academic rigor, lessons on the American founding and biblical worldview are the commitments that “sets Patrick Henry College apart from any other college in the world,” a PHC spokesperson told Fox News. “PHC prepares its graduates to make an immediate and enduring impact for Christ and for liberty.”
At Patrick Henry, 75% of the students enrolled were home-schooling when they finished high school, according to the PHC spokesperson. Tate, whose company administers an alternative standardized test to the SAT or ACT for college entrance, said home-school students who took the CLT exam surpassed their peers on the test.
Home-schoolers earned average scores of roughly 78 points, while private and charter school students scored 75 and 73, respectively, according to a Houston professor’s analysis of CLT data between 2016 and 2021. Public school students scored the lowest with an average score of 66.
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Why are the schools most dedicated to reason, rights and rigor these days almost exclusively Christian schools? Where are the secular schools dedicated to nominally Renaissance intellectual values? Where do people who are not Christian go to get a solid secular education?
I’ve seen it done.
Your answer is in the question itself. There are no secular schools dedicated to nominally Renaissance intellectual values left. You don’t have to be a Christian to attend these school.
Most — ?all, perhaps? — of the “Christian” higher-ed institutions I’ve encountered intrinsically make comfortable room for non-believers.
You won’t so much be confronted for your answers to big questions. BUT, you won’t be allowed to dismiss or avoid them, either. If you have discomfort with the latter, your problem is with life, not the institution.
Patrick Henry College recruits homeschool students by advertising in, and getting good press coverage, in publications that home school parents read and trust,
It also wouldn’t surprise me if a lot of their private and charter school students had a PHC graduate as a teacher.
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