Sending your children to a private school requires sacrifice. Sometimes the sacrifice is a financial one that requires you to forgo that new car or vacation. Sometimes the sacrifice is more intangible. Sending your children to a classical Christian school with high academic standards often exposes your own inadequacies and requires you to humble yourself.
Is it worth it?
R.L. Dabney, the great Southern Presbyterian theologian from more than a century ago, asserts that it is.
The education of children for God is the most important business done on earth. It is the one business for which the earth exists. To it, all politics, all war, all literature, all money-making, ought to be subordinated; and every parent, especially, ought to feel, every hour of the day, that, next to making his own calling and election sure, this is the end for which he is kept alive by God— this is his task on earth.
Every day I spend at Regents Academy, I am more and more convinced that Dabney is right. What is it worth to have your children in a loving environment where they are taught to love learning and are cultivated in Christian virtue so that they can be remarkable servant leaders? And what is it worth to fulfill, with integrity, your calling under God to do “the one business for which the earth exists”?
When I look at 106 faces every morning, I say it’s worth more than I know.