While numerous studies have documneted the educational achievements of Catholic schools , this book offers the first extended look at Protestant schools, providing iinsight as tonwhy these schools are especially effective not only in gaining the loyalty of parents by also as measured by objective national standards.
Using James S. Coleman's ideas on social capital, education expert Steven Vryhof descibes how the twin requirements for functional community, value consistency & intergenerational closure, are achieved in these faith-based schools. Looking in great detail at a variety of Protestant schools ,Vryhof uncovers the complexities,subtleties, &nuances of faith -based education that often elude those concerned only with producing higher test scores, a 'moral environment', or a competitive workforce. Far from endangering the republic , Vryhof suggests, faith-based schoolsimprove the common good by building functional communities in ways that the public school system cannot.
Through candid interviews with parents of children in faith-based schools, Vryhof also answers questions that other parents may have about faith-based education for their own children.
Based on solid research, this book presents a convincing case for placing faith-based schools on a more level playing field in today's academic marketplace.
Dr. Vryhof is an educational consultant & Adjunct Professor of Education at Calvin College, Michigan.