A small Christian college with a large home-school population is challenging the norms of liberal elite universities and is returning education to “sanity,” the founder of an SAT alternative told Fox News.
“There is an abundance of people with college degrees,” Jeremy Tate, founder of the Classic Learning Test, told Fox News. “There’s a scarcity of people with the kind of work ethic and the kind of integrity that employers are looking for right now.”
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Tate, a former college counselor, said Patrick Henry College’s well-rounded graduates have a stronger work ethic than their peers from traditional schools and are better disciplined. He chalked up their success to the faith-based conservative college’s large home-school population, an on-campus device ban and a dress code for students.
“They’re forming young people in all the right ways,” Tate said. “It’s a return to sanity. It’s a return to common sense.”
Academic rigor, lessons on the American founding and biblical worldview are the commitments that “sets Patrick Henry College apart from any other college in the world,” a PHC spokesperson told Fox News. “PHC prepares its graduates to make an immediate and enduring impact for Christ and for liberty.”
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At Patrick Henry, 75% of the students enrolled were home-schooling when they finished high school, according to the PHC spokesperson. Tate, whose company administers an alternative standardized test to the SAT or ACT for college entrance, said home-school students who took the CLT exam surpassed their peers on the test.
Home-schoolers earned average scores of roughly 78 points, while private and charter school students scored 75 and 73, respectively, according to a Houston professor’s analysis of CLT data between 2016 and 2021. Public school students scored the lowest with an average score of 66.
“Home-schoolers are in some ways kind of off the charts,” Tate said. “So, when you have this concentration of them at one college … the college itself is able to take that education and expand on it.”
Patrick Henry is “getting students that are coming into the college with a great base, a great…
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