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Private School

Dave thinks there's something wrong when an education is out of line with what people can afford.

QUESTION: Shirley’s son is in the 7th grade and was accepted into a private school that will cost them $7,000 a year in tuition (the other $11,000 is paid for by financial aid). She and her husband make $100,000 but she’s starting to worry that they can’t afford it. She is faithful that they can afford it. Dave tells her what appalls him here.

ANSWER: People who make $100,000 don’t put their 7th grade kids into a school that costs $18,000 a year. When people that are Christians buy things they can’t afford and count on God to bail them out, that’s not faith … that’s stupidity. I’m not against education, but because I grew up a working-class guy, I don’t have a lot of respect for pedigrees. I believe in knowledge, but not pedigrees. You have to ask yourself if it’s worth it, and since you are only responsible for $7,000 of the tuition, it’s not out of line with your salary. Pray about it. But going forward with something that you can’t afford and calling it faith, is not faith.