Because Christian families are concerned with maintaining a biblical perspective on femininity, and because we live in a culture that is blurring all the distinctions, this is an important question to ask. Should we assume all Christian girls should head off to college? Is keeping them in the parental home after high school a wise option? Should they grow up with the notion that they should have an engagement ring when they graduate from high school? Good questions.
So I’m giving my motherly, grandmotherly thoughts and suggestions here, and I have to say from the get-go that each and every situation calls for wisdom. So with that qualifier in place, I will proceed.
An education is a wonderful thing. But what is it exactly? Is it just teaching reading and writing and arithmetic? Yes, that is where it begins.Â But it is more than that. Education is training the mind to think, and a Christian education is the process of teaching the mind to think Christianly about everything. An education is not a piece of paper. So, do daughters need to be trained to think? Of course they do. Why? Because women are called to be wives and mothers, and what do mothers do? They must train up the next generation, which is no mean thing.
So I believe, in the best of all worlds, women should be educated so that they will be able to think with wisdom, to live with insight,Â and to make a dent in the world (in a very good way, of course). Now not all families have the resources to provide a good Christian education for their children. This is how it has always been. But the cream always rises to the top. Those daughters who have received the best education, who have been given the best opportunities to grow in wisdom, will rise to the top.
For women, this kind of education includes all things domestic, but it is not limited to that. So as far as you are able as parents, given your resources, opportunities, as well as her desires and abilities, provide the best education you can for your daughters. If high school is as far as you are able to go, then do so with all your might, remembering that the best education will be a godly education. If you are able to send your daughter (or son) to college, then look for a solid, God-fearing college to attend. Why should you pay money (and lots of it) for the God-haters to teach your children lies about the world and the God who made it and them? Especially after you have labored for eighteen years to teach them otherwise. It seems to me, by the time they have graduated from high school, they are just ready to tackle the really important (and interesting) stuff. So all the more reason for them to be sitting under God-fearing instructors.
And of course, there are many more things to address on this subject. But I’ll save those for another time.