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Looking For a Nice Safe Community with a Fairly Conservative College
Posted on 12/07/2002 8:29:52 AM PST by mlmr
I am looking for a safe, conservative community for my family. I live in the middle of liberal La-la land and homeschool my children. There are some changes in our lives and I now have to work and the children need to be in schools. They are not going to be quite as supervised or protected as before and I need to provide a safe community for them. I have a gifted and talented daughter who could take college courses. I have three younger children who I need to place in good public or Christian schools. Safety and conservative culture are two major factors here. Any input from Freepers would be gratefully received.
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posted on 12/07/2002 8:29:52 AM PST
Take a look at Hillsdale College in Michigan.
somewhere in central Texas (in a small town).. Baylor University in Waco.
posted on 12/07/2002 8:31:51 AM PST
Have you thought about having her take college courses on the net?
If I had to do it over again today I never would have gone to a college, I would have taken courses over the internet.
You should research it.
Is Hillsdale in a small community?
posted on 12/07/2002 8:33:22 AM PST
The towns are nice? Good values?
posted on 12/07/2002 8:34:08 AM PST
Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana
posted on 12/07/2002 8:36:43 AM PST
She works at home now. We researched the local private highschools. Even the best were incredibly vulgar. The local christian schools are good in the lower grades but the highschools are not at all competitive. The local state universtiy has courses and welomes homeschoolers but I am not sure that I am ready to let a 13 year old face all that leftist victim malarky.
posted on 12/07/2002 8:37:28 AM PST
ABILENE TEXAS, I myself live in SO.cal. ( IT looks nothing like it I assure you) If You need to move to a community with good schools, CHEAP housing, and a Christian community around Abilen Christian University should do. But do not expect it to look pretty. Matter of fact think of it as going into the wilderness.... but if you are doing it for your kids it won't matter.
NOT Northwestern, I repeat, NOT Northwestern. God Bless, Good Luck
How about Grove City, PA?
They have a good Christian school and a college that is top-nothch academically and if not the only college in the country, one of 2 or 3 schools that takes no federal money, and therefore has no constaints on being openly Christian. Kids use the Bible as a reference for something other than trying to discredit it, as is the case at most institutions of higher education in this nation today. Graduates are highly valued by recruiters. Plus it is considered one of the best values for the price.
Might want to check out BYU for the ultimate in conservative schools however, SLC doesn't fit in with the small town atmosphere. Of course there is also Ricks in Idaho.
In Kentucky there are two liberal arts colleges that are strictly work study with good a good rep for academics and small town atmosphere, Allice LLoyd College in Pippa Passes and Berea College in Berea Ky
My children are bi-racial, black... will they fit? I think of us as Christians, first...not all people do though.
posted on 12/07/2002 8:39:42 AM PST
To: NWU Army ROTC
Not Northwestern...got it!!LOL
posted on 12/07/2002 8:40:14 AM PST
I have heard of Grove City College. It is actually a community?? Any Grove City people out there who can tell me more?
posted on 12/07/2002 8:41:38 AM PST
Tiny, and a decent drive to big towns like Jackson.
I think they do..beautiful area too.. and Texas is a great state for homeschooling. They pretty much leave us alone.
posted on 12/07/2002 8:43:23 AM PST
To: fightin kentuckian
Is Ricks also LDS?
posted on 12/07/2002 8:43:25 AM PST
BTW: The town of Grove City is very quaint, conservative and charming...a mix of rural flavor and college town...yet only an hour from Pittsburgh by Interstate.
Alma College in Alma MI. Lived there most of the year taking care of terminally ill mother. Good schools, good health care, infrastructure, nice selection of wine in the local supermarket. Calls itself Scotland USA, for good reason. All ranges of housing available. People are friendly to newcomers. Wide range of churches. Airport. Be aware the Northern Lower Peninusula of Micigan has winter. Not the South in that respect.
Any questions, E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org P.S. I don't live there anymore, moved to the Florida Keys. :)
May I recommend the Heart of Texas area? Waco is conservative, and Baylor University is there, along with a community college. An hour south is Texas A&M University-- a conservative state school. There is also a community college. In the area surrounding A&M, Republicans carried the day in the election in November. Even the dog-catecher is Republican. There are several public and private schools to choose from. The unemployment rate is consistently the lowest or 2nd lowest in the state.
posted on 12/07/2002 8:45:33 AM PST
To: Ace's Dad
I live in MAINE, Ace...I KNOW snow!!!
posted on 12/07/2002 8:46:54 AM PST
Yes, it is in a small town in western Michigan.
The towns around Seventh-Day Adventist colleges are frequently very conservative. The have the advantage of integrating well with the Adventist high schools for kids wanting to take advanced work. The lab schools tend to be quite flexible. I took both college courses in high school plus was able to accelerate my high school courses to finish early, and that's been 30 years ago.
Some of the ones I can name off the top of my head are Southern University in Collegedale, TN (probably the most conservative of the bunch); Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI; Walla Walla College in Walla Walla, WA.
You don't have to be Adventist to attend. We had Catholics and Baptists, though they were admittedly in the minority. Price range is probably about average for a private religious school.
Someone mentioned Waco. We lived in Killeen, TX (same congressional district) for two years when husband was at Ft. Hood. FWIW, they consistently elect RAT congress critters. The conservatives that are in the area other than the military conservatives, however, are pretty close to being off the chart to the right.
posted on 12/07/2002 8:49:58 AM PST
Grove City is not so "quaint" that bi-racial would be a big deal.
If you can get out here, I'll arrange for a guided tour for you by some current students & faculty who can give you a good feel for the community, the local schools and the college.
Thank you. I have been turning this over in my head for a long time. Circumstances have forced me let go of the children more and I want then to swim in a safe pond while they are young.
posted on 12/07/2002 8:50:32 AM PST
University of Northern Colorado's President is a former Republican Senator who was very conservative as a Senator(Hank Brown). When he was appointed the professors led demonstrations against him. He has quietly been changing things a little at a time. The communities around it have very low crime rates.
posted on 12/07/2002 8:51:26 AM PST
In New Concord, Ohio there is an excellent, small, Christian college: Muskingum College. The community is small and quaint and only 1 hour away from Columbus to the west and Pittsburg, Pa. to the east. I was a professor there about 10 years ago and it consistently receives very good ratings for academic standards.
posted on 12/07/2002 8:52:58 AM PST
Fairly Conservative College
In the same sentence? Uh....right.
posted on 12/07/2002 8:53:59 AM PST
Please let me invite you to take a look at my community: Black Mountain/Montreat NC. My wife teaches at Montreat College, it is a small Christian liberal arts college that is definitely conservative/evangelical in orientation and takes seriously the integration of faith and learning. We are a safe, small-town community in the mountains of western North Carolina, yet are located only a convenient 20 minutes away from Asheville, with direct access via I-40. Our public schools are OK, but the Asheville Christian Academy is also building a new campus near here and will be moving out here from Asheville for the next school year. It is truly a great place to live, with a relatively mild climate but with four distinct seasons. For more info, check my website: www.stefanstackhouse.com
posted on 12/07/2002 8:54:38 AM PST
University of Mississippi in lovely Oxford, MS.
posted on 12/07/2002 8:55:01 AM PST
Fairly Conservative College???
There seems to be a list of them here!! I am blessed by a cloud of Freepers here today!!
posted on 12/07/2002 8:55:34 AM PST
I was there 15 years ago and racial jokes /discrimination was pretty rare and confronted even then ... So I imagine it is really not tolerated now... But who knows who you will run into in the world. Take a road trip. Call the education dept at ACU ( abilene Christian University) and ask who has the best school etc. most of the schools are staffed by teachers that went to ACU and are very well educated. There is also private christian schools there.
Texas is a good place. Pick a nice small town to live in, and you should not have any troubles. Stay closer to the middle to western part of the state. If money is not an issue, the west Texas canyons are very pretty and the towns there are quiet.
posted on 12/07/2002 8:58:19 AM PST
Thank you and bless you Walkingfeather!
posted on 12/07/2002 9:00:04 AM PST
I have three younger children who I need to place in good public or Christian schools.
Ottawa county in Michigan is the place you want to go. Very conservative, our representative to the house routinely get's 70% plus of the vote. Great public schools (for being public schools) many choices of religious schools. A small town near where i live, Spring Lake, has 1 bar and at least a dozen churches. Virtually a church on every block. In Ottawa county there is Grand Valley State University with extension campuses in many towns. In nearby Kent County (Grand Rapids Michigan) there are a number of colleges and universities. Calvin College and Cornerstone University I believe both offer seminary courses.
Economy is always good so jobs are usually plentiful. Automotive manufactuing and the office furniture industry are the biggies in the local area. Ottawa county though is primarily agricultural...blueberries, evergreens, etc.
But the topper for Ottawa county is that it's on the shores of Lake Michigan. Great beaches and many quaint towns. I live near Grand Haven, Michigan which can be described as a lovely little tourist town. Lots of water sports, boating, fishing.
The drawbacks: Living close to the lake we sometimes get LOTS of lake effect snow. This is great if you don't mind snow. You'll never get stuck though. Everyone and their brother has a plow on the front of the pickup truck and the road crews have road clearing down to a science for the most part.
I have to go to work now... I would be grateful it this is read and bumped. I will respond back when I get home tonight...
Blessings and thanks to you Freepers!!
posted on 12/07/2002 9:03:08 AM PST
My daughter attends Southeast University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Small town (Rush's hometown), University is fairly conservative for a secular college and there are several solid evangelical churches in the city. I was a pastor there for 4 years. Freep me if you want more info.
posted on 12/07/2002 9:04:04 AM PST
[somewhere in central Texas (in a small town).. Baylor University in Waco]
You are probably right - but next time why don't you private reply - we want all the conservatives - but we don't want to attract a bunch of liberals who think we need to be 'educated.' (joke)
posted on 12/07/2002 9:06:20 AM PST
Lake Superior State in Sault Ste. Marie.
You won't have to worry about where our kids are at night; they'll either be inside or frozen to death.
Hillsdale, by the way is way over-rated as a conservative or Christian College. While it plays up its conservative credentials for fundraising purposes, its faculty are the usual gaggle of leftist loonies and it recently dismissed its president for carrying on a sexual affair with his daughter-in-law.
New St. Andrew College, Moscow, Idaho Site
posted on 12/07/2002 9:08:06 AM PST
"I have heard of Grove City College. It is actually a community?? Any Grove City people out there who can tell me more?"
My wonderful son is a freshman at Grove City right now. I know many who have attended there and think of it as the very best years of their lives...say they would love to start them all over again.
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posted on 12/07/2002 9:09:13 AM PST
by Nea Wood
Fairhope, Alabama. Do a search, It'll suprise you.
posted on 12/07/2002 9:10:05 AM PST
The University of Nouakchott (Mauritania).
posted on 12/07/2002 9:11:07 AM PST
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