Back in the late 70’s and early 80’s when our kids were little, my husband was busy helping get a Christian school launched in time for our first child, Bekah, to start kindergarten. By God’s grace and with the help of many other parents, Logos School opened its doors. All three of our children attended Logos from kindergarten through 12th grade, and what a merry ride that was!
Now our grandchildren are starting to fill up the elementary grades, and our children are taking their spots as both parents and alums. We could not be more thrilled! First off, it is a great blessing to live to see my children’s children. But connected to that is the blessing of seeing my children grab the baton and run with it, assuming their roles and responsibilities with enthusiasm and gratitude.
Some people have wondered why we chose to start a school rather than home-school. But rather than get into that discussion, I thought I would just talk about what we see as the benefits of a Logos (or like-minded Christian school)Â education. And from this vantage point as grandparents we have a great view of the fruit that Logos has produced.
As with most everything in the world, there are misconceptions about Logos. One misconception is that you have to be rich to go there. Ha! I can hear most parents sniggering over that one. I don’t think Logos has ever turned anyone away because of money. And I’ve seen parents work as janitors, bus drivers, secretaries, and teachers to try to offset the costs of tuition. Logos will work with you.
Some think that putting your children in Logos will compete with or replace the family culture. But it only enriched ours! Doug and I both taught at Logos over the years, we attended the programs, plays, athletic events, fundraisers, and awards ceremonies. It was a family-centered experience for us from start to finish. We made a point of getting to know the teachers and other students, so we were acquainted with many of the other families. We knew most of our children’s classmates fairly well,Â so we knew what was going on.
And speaking of friends. That’s another thing. Logos provided a good and godly atmosphere for our children to learn in. A great deal of the education took place around our dinner table in the evenings as the kids debriefed about their day, and we discussed the many issues that came up on the play ground, in the classroom, or in the halls. They had daily opportunities to apply what we were teaching them about friends and standards, especially when their friends had different views, theologies, and standards.
Doug and I both have liberal arts degrees (though he has several more than I do), which is a handicap when it comes to teaching things like math and science. So our children had the unspeakable benefit of learning those subjects from men and women who actually like that stuff! (I remember the agony each year of helping our children select a science fair project….we were no help at all!)
We wanted our children to learn how to think like Christians, and Logos helped them get there. We wanted them to understand the world God made and study it in the light of the centrality of God’s infallible Word.
Logos had and still has the same goal: “Logos School was founded with a vision to teach all subjects in the curriculum as parts of an integrated whole with Scripture at the center and to encourage every student to grow in their relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ. We believe that God has given parents authority over their children and that our role as a school is to assist families in the education and godly instruction of their children.”
That bit above about “assist families” should read help tremendously! We have a great debt to the many faithful teachers at Logos from years past to the present. We even have an overlap: some of our kids’ teachers will be teaching our grandkids. One of those teachers, David Kohl, taught both Nate and Rachel fifth grade, and this year he will teach our grandson Knox. Tom Garfield was the principal then and is superintendent now. Matt Whitling coached Nate in basketball and now he is the principal. And if Jim Nance and Wes Struble hang in there a few more years, they will be teaching our grandkids math, science, and logic. And none of these guys looks that old!
I’m going back to Logos this year to teach a high-school class in literature. I’ve been “retired” since 1998 when Rachel graduated, and now I’m looking forward to seeing my grandkids in the halls. I call that a great mercy!