A. I spent most of my grade school years in public school, since my town did not have an Adventist school or one near by. I don't know that a student has to go to an Adventist school to get a good secular education. However, even though I was not able to be in a private school during many of my elementary years, my parents would have preferred me to be, if possible. And it did become possible for my high school and college years.
As a youth pastor and as a parent, I believe that a Christian education is one of the most valuable investments a family can make in order to give their children the opportunity to learn about Jesus on a daily basis.
I think many parents strongly encourage Christian education because they want to help their children learn that in addition to the "3 Rs," how to have a lifelong friendship with Jesus is the most important lesson they can learn.