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The Trend in Higher Education
Volume 69, Program 9
8/10/2006
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Is Christian higher education rounding out the excellent training that children receive through homeschooling? Patrick Henry College’s academic dean, Dr. Gene Edward Veith, answers this question on today’s Home School Heartbeat with Michael Farris.

Michael Farris:
Dr. Veith, I know you've been in Christian higher education for the greater part of your adult life, and I’d just like your assessment of where Christian higher education fits into this scheme of things where you see good things going on in Christian education. Are Christian colleges measuring up, both spiritually and academically?

Dr. Gene Edward Veith:
Well, not really. So many Christian colleges, first of all, are losing their Christian identity, and they’re trying as hard as they can to be just like the secular college down the road. So that’s one problem, losing their Christian identity. But part of this, too, is losing their academic integrity—because when colleges want to be like the secular academic world, they also tend to buy into the postmodernism and the relativism that is contributing to the collapse of learning. And so Christian colleges—and some of them are faithful, but they’re not always up to the par or at least even aware of, in many cases, the educational reform that’s been going in homeschools and other good Christian schools.

Mike:
Thank you for your insights, Ed. We’ll talk to you next time about your new role at Patrick Henry College.


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