Our nation was founded as a great experiment. In its infancy, its founders knew that there were many forms it could have taken. They chose to fashion it into a republic, and with that system it has endured through the generations. The founders realized that progress requires a daring, entrepreneurial spirit and the courage to try something new in the face of adversity.
The administrators, faculty, and staff of Upper Room Christian Academy (URCA) in Southeast Raleigh have boldly undertaken their own experiment and the result has been a success similar in spirit to that of our great nation. We at Civitas spend a lot of time talking about government, politics and the problems we uncover. In the upcoming edition of Civitas Review magazine – mailed to our donors – we wanted to showcase a solution for one of the most serious problems facing our state and nation – the failure of the public education system.
The magazine’s cover story showcases URCA, which has grown tremendously in the past few years and has great potential for the future. It exemplifies how ordinary people saw a problem with their schools and had the courage and determination to do something about it. It demonstrates the way in which rigorous academics, a strong community, and ethical guidance can help students flourish.
While not everyone may embrace the school’s approach, many other families would treasure having multiple options for their kids’ education. Unfortunately, we know that many families don’t have all, or any, of the educational choices that they should have. Our nation is strongest when it leaves people free to experiment and solve problems in their own ingenuous ways. It is strongest when we give families and communities the opportunity to live lives consistent with their faith and values. URCA gives parents and students this option. We would like to see a day where every North Carolina family has such choices.
Check out this video for a look at what URCA offers students and families and why we at Civitas commend their successful experiment with school choice.