Five months ago I wrote, “To restore America or simply to save her from extinction, education must be ‘fundamentally transformed.’ The entire public education system must be rethought. Public colleges and universities must be cleaned out from top to bottom. The entire public elementary and secondary (k-12) system must be replaced.”
That’s right, I said replaced. That replacement will have many forms. We can see some of them right here in Minnesota. One form is superior parochial schools. Providence Academy” in Plymouth Minnesota is a wonderful example. There are many Catholic and some Protestant k-12 schools in Minnesota. Many are not equal to the quality standards of Providence Academy but parents choose the quality which is always better than government schools.
Hope Academy is just as exciting as Providence Academy and just as dedicated to a God centered learning experience. But Hope Academy is not affiliated with a church denomination. Hope Academy is unique. It is founded and managed by Minnesota businessmen with the commitment to be an oasis of learning and achievement in the parched desert of failure and disaster that is the Minneapolis government system. Inner city children thrive and grow at Hope academy. From the Hope Academy Web Site:
To foster hope in God within the inner-city neighborhoods of Minneapolis by providing youth with an outstanding, Christ-centered education.
Believing that all children are created for God’s glory and endowed by Him with an inalienable potential to acquire wisdom and knowledge, Hope Academy covenants with urban families to equip their children to become responsible, servant leaders of the 21st Century. Committed to the truth, discipline, and values of the gospel of Jesus Christ, Hope Academy pursues this aim by mobilizing educational, business, and community leaders towards the important goal of serving the youth of Minneapolis with a remarkable education, permeated with a God-centered perspective. This inter-denominational school will seek to unleash kingdom citizens who work for justice, economic opportunity, racial harmony, hope for the family, and joy in the community.
The Minneapolis school system spends more than two and a quarter times the per pupil Hope Academy cost. Failure is inadequate to describe the Minneapolis system. Disaster is the fact. But watch for yourself the opposite result when government is out and God is in. The joy you are about to experience, as you watch the video, could never happen from a Minneapolis school—or any government school for that matter. The performer is 10th grader Alandra Brown-Cox, a “dramatic spoken word” student. You are about to be blessed.
All of America’s children should have equally rich experiences that prepare them for lives of service and success. We can and must stop destroying our nation’s future by denying our greatest asset in government schools. Let’s make that commitment.