I’ve seen this for myself–how years of Christian schooling can be so quickly undone by public education.
Can it be the Christian schools just aren’t as strong as they ought to be? I don’t know. I’ve taught in a wonderful Catholic school, and I’ve taught in wretched public schools. I don’t know what would happen to a child educated at St. Helena’s if he were taken out of there after eighth grade and thrust into a public high school. All I can say for sure is that I’d never, never make the experiment.
Parents who love and respect their sons and daughters keep them out of public education.