I trust you are enjoying the blessings of God upon your life. We are blessed by our Heavenly Father Who doeth all things well, particularly as it relates to caring for His children.
I agree with the premise of your question. I can assure you that the passion of our hearts at ACSI is in agreement with you regarding the preparation of teachers teaching in Christian Schools. There is no emphasis on our part to regard a state certification over ACSI certification. We believe that both are important, however I would rather have an ACSI certified teacher over State if I had to choose one.
It is my observation that most Christian Colleges are not preparing Teachers to teach in the Christian Schools. It is the stated purpose of many Christian Colleges/Universities to prepare teachers for state certification/license. Additionally our Christian young people being prepared for teaching are not coming from homes/churches where the whole counsel of God is being proclaimed. Therefore we have malnutritioned young people wanting to go into Christian School teaching. Their shortcomings are difficult for a Christian College to remediate, in four years.
When I was growing up my parents led devotions everyday 7 days a week, with SS on Sunday, followed by the Morning service, youth groups in the PM and evening church and then Prayer meeting on Wednesday pm. VBS/summer camps in the summer with heavy memorization of Scripture for our camp scholarship(100 verses-said 25 at a sitting). Also Revivals annually were required attendance and Christian Colleges/Bible Colleges for post HS training to prepare for life’s work. It isn’t that way anymore!!
MBI is an exception. Indiana Wesleyan U is seeking to respond to the challenge of Christian School teacher preparation.
Thank you for your expressed interest/concern in the emphasis of ACSI regarding Teacher Certification. You may want to talk with Merry Clark at our HQ to get her thoughts on this subject. She oversees the Certification Department of ACSI.
I pray that you will have a strong conclusion to this school year.
David V. Bates
ACSI, Regional Director