Evangelicals Put Indoctrination Ahead of Education
When parents most likely to pull their children from public schools select the private school by valuing the level of zealotry ahead of education, then over time most voucher funded schools will become the equivalent of Christian Madrassas. This study is from the UK, but there’s little reason to believe that evangelicals here in the US would behave differently when selecting private schools with tax dollars in the form of vouchers.
A survey for the Evangelical Alliance shows that evangelical parents are more likely to choose a school for their children based on whether it has a strong religious ethos rather than whether it fares well in league tables or inspectors’ reports.
The survey of 1377 parents was conducted by the EA and found that while more than 70 per cent of respondents supported compulsory, predominantly religious education, and looked for a school where Christian beliefs and values were important, only 20 per cent chose a church school or an independent Christian secondary school.
Opinions on Christian schools varied among the respondents. Some said that their children had to learn to deal with others from non-Christian families, while others looked for teachers who would actively encourage their children’s faith. Only one in ten, however, believed that church schools were divisive.