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College AdvisingIntroduction

During my 17 years of advising college students on academic, career, and personal issues, one day stands out.  The university faculty were having a meeting with the student organization leaders to determine how we could improve our advising schedules and procedures to best suit students.  One insightful young lady, when asked what students expected from advisors remarked...ADVICE.

I was shocked!  In my many years of advising in the secular university, I (nor my Christian colleagues) had ever thought that students expected personal advice!  We had most always limited our advice to which classes should be taken next or what job opportunities the student could expect with a given curriculum.

From that day on, I began directly advising all of my students to receive Jesus Christ (John 1:12) and learn to think like a Christian (Romans 12:2).  My advice to King's Way Classical Academy students and parents will also be based on Scripture (2 Timothy 3:16) and an understanding of the times (Matthew 16:3).  However, since you likely have already received Christ and are learning to think like Christians, my general advice is to use your knowledge to impact the culture through taking dominion of your own higher education (Genesis 1:26) versus simply following the crowd into institutions that build corporations and neglect the Lord, His Word, and your family.

King's Way Classical Academy Students

As a student of a Christian classical education, you and your parents likely understand the value of a Christian education for the elementary and secondary levels in terms of acknowledging God (Proverbs 3:5-6) and liberty (1 Corinthians 7:21).

When the question of college education arises, however, most Christian home school and Christian school parents lower their standards and send their wise sons and daughters (Proverbs 10:4-5) to either a secular college or university or a "Christian" college or university.  These choices are often made because everyone is doing it or the ends justify the means (pragmatism) or because they didn’t know of any other options to develop their gifts to serve the Lord and or make money.  They reason, Moses grew up in Egypt or Daniel in Babylon or Paul in the school of the Pharisees or it was good for Cousin Rhonda.  Alternatively, they have learned myths about college such as college graduates make more money than those who do not attend college or you need a degree to open doors or the US Department of Education approved accreditation ensures educational quality.

In the 1980s, distinguished Christian thinker Francis Schaeffer warned Christians not to compromise on higher education choices with the following quote.

"Evangelicals were right in emphasizing the Lordship of Christ over all areas of culture-art, philosophy, society, government, academia, and so on. But then what happened? Many young evangelicals heard this message, went out into the academic world, and earned their undergraduate and graduate degrees from the finest secular schools. But something happened in the process. In the midst of totally humanistic colleges and universities, and a totally humanistic orientation in the academic disciplines, many of these young evangelicals began to be infiltrated by the anti Christian world view which dominated the thinking of their colleges and professors. In the process, any distinctively evangelical point of view was accommodated to the secularistic thinking in their discipline and to the surrounding world spirit of our age." Francis A. Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1984), 119.

Many Christian home educating families have discerned the philosophical and spiritual problems with secular and most Christian colleges.  As a result, they have chosen to help their children start businesses and sometimes miss the scholarly approach to higher learning and its value. Some and perhaps most of the Classical free students would benefit by a scholarly approach to higher learning, with encouragement toward entrepreneurship freedom for the greatest impact on the culture and building of their own Christian family economic and spiritual dynasty.

The papers that I wrote titled "Secularization by the Christian Educator," "Learning Through Entrepreneurship," "The Family University and Network," and the course titled "The Why No College Files"  provide biblical analyses, conclusions, suggestions, and many reference to encourage family-friendly culture-improving approaches to Christian higher education.  I’ll be using many thoughts from those references as I advise King's Way Classical Academy students.

What are you thinking?

Barna Research pointed out that only about 5% of Christians and 50% of pastors have a Biblical worldview.  As a Classical free student, you are likely among this small group.  Since to whom much is given, much is required (Luke 12:48), Classical free students should consider college and career choices with a thorough Biblical analysis of content, pedagogy, and expected result.  The Puritans and Pilgrims considered the profit motive for learning and working an evil in the church, and taught that all should be done to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).

For me to best provide input to your college thinking, consider introducing yourself to me with a paragraph or page covering your interests and ideas via the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or the advising forum. Asking a simple question is fine too.  I certainly understand the unique gifting of individuals and patriarchal family leadership.  Therefore, my input is with the understanding that the Holy Spirit and parents are your primary advisors regarding college decisions (John 14:26, 1 Corinthians 11:3).

You are also invited to conside home college!

Classical free students are prepared to lead in the redefinition of higher education from a Biblical perspective.  If you would like to build your own family university as an economic engine and spiritual heritage, rather than passively attend someone else’s college, consider working with The Biblical Concourse of Home Universities to supplement your own personalized college curriculum.

The Biblical Concourse of Home Universities is essentially a support group for families doing home college. These are Christian families taking personal responsibility for higher education content, pedagogy, and influence. In a direct way, this is simply taking home education to the next level for the same reasons most families currently home educate (i.e., Christian education, higher academic achievement with liberty, and family strengthening socialization).  If you would like to learn more about home college or ask questions or share your experiences, you may want to consider joining the discussion at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/biblicalconcourse/ The Concourse website is: http://biblicalconcourse.com

Just Ask

Whatever your college question may be, feel free to email me or post your questions or thoughts on the King's Way Classical Academy discussion area for College Advising.

Dr. James BartlettSincerely in Christ,

Dr. Bartlett 

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