With the economy in recession and the cost of college tuition outpacing inflation,
many Christian parents may have to consider public universities for their children.
If your family is looking at public higher education, you need to prepare your
children for what they will face there.
First, they must expect their faith and values to be mocked—in both the classroom
and campus culture. Not every professor will openly mock Christianity, but expect
your child to encounter some who are hostile to Christians. Second, expect your
child to be thoroughly indoctrinated in evolution. Third, do not expect freedom
of speech on campus—unless the speech is politically correct. Finally, expect
your child to be exposed to all types of immorality, including alcohol and drug
abuse, and sexual immorality.
Your children must be prepared before they enter a public university. So, how
can you help them do this?
- Talk with your children before they start school; don’t hide anything from
them—let them know exactly what they will face.
- Take a tour of the university
you’re interested in, but not when the school is marketing itself to new students.
Check out the student union, bookstore, academic buildings, and dorms; and take
note of the signs on display.
- If your children must live on campus, find
a university with gender-segregated dorms, especially if you are sending daughters
away to school.
- Seek out Christian organizations on campus, and steer your
children toward these groups.
- Understand that the university may give parents
one message, and students another. Attend Freshman Orientation with your children;
if the university does not permit this, see this as a red flag that something
- Realize that the university is ultimately a business, subject to
the laws of supply and demand. If parents are the primary bill payers, then
they are the university’s customer. If the university is not providing a satisfactory
product to you, then take your business elsewhere.
- Read the book Fish Out
of Water: Surviving and Thriving as a Christian on a Secular Campus, by Abby
Nye. This is a great resource to prepare both parents and students for public
university. (Available at www.AnswersBookstore.com)
Your children can successfully attend public university and finish with their
faith intact, if you take the time to prepare them while they are still living
in your home.