Riverside Christian School is founded on the principle that the education of our children is a mandate God gave to parents and not the government.
Deut. 6:7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. 9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
Historically, churches have played a vital role in the American educational process. In the past 40 years there has been a re-awakening of that early American ideal of education, namely the Church School. Education in America began in its churches, with the church house serving as the school house during the week. Many times the Pastor served as teacher and preacher. Educational excellence and personal character development was the primary focus in these early American schools, with the Bible playing a major role in the process.
Even a century after the advent of government sponsored “public” schools, the Christian influence still remained in them. Right and wrong were still taught, teachers were held to high moral standards, and the Bible was read and memorized in class. This direct influence of Christianity and Christian principles continued to affect America in a good way, producing some of the finest minds the world has ever known! The result was that America was catapulted into being the leading nation in the world in every area of endeavor.
In 1963, with no precedent in American court history, the Supreme Court radically altered the way that Americans could legally educate their children in the “public” school. They in affect, kicked God and the Bible out of school. Although it took another 15 or so years to rid the public schools of the Christian influence that had helped make them so great, nine liberal judges finally succeeded! Nine Supreme Court justices robbed America of her Christian heritage and sent American education back into the Dark Ages.
Test scores and performance have tumbled, behavior has deteriorated, and morality and clean living are for all practical purposes extinct. And now 44 yeas after God was kicked out, American government schools have become a battleground upon which many school children have died at the hands of their own classmates! Most American schools now have full-time policemen on campus to keep the peace!!
Although there are many fine Christian people teaching in the government schools, their hands are tied when it comes to having the freedom to openly teach or express their faith to their pupils and teach them from God’s word.
According to the Bible, God commands believing parents to educate their children in the ways of the Lord throughout their whole education.(Deut.6:6-9) We believe that we must be allowed to teach our children in the ways of the Lord daily and regularly. This is our religious conviction. This is why we have a Christian School.