Christian Program Oversight
Some states do not provide much oversight for programs designated as Christian Programs, or Christian Boarding Schools. This may be due to the desire to keep church and state separate. At any rate many Christian programs, Christian Boot Camps, and Christian Boarding Schools do not have a lot of regulations mandated by the state they are located in. Some people may think this is not a good situation for any business to run without state regulations. In reality there are many Christian schools and programs that run very well and have done so for years. To think that simply because the state has power over a school doesn’t necessary make it better than a non-state regulated program. In fact there are program owners that would say it may even be better.
One previous program owner is convinced that the state would not rest until they had closed his program down. This was due in part to the state official vindicating what she saw as injustice by the program administration. It may also have been due to the state official not wanting to oversee another program. Let’s face it, people that are employed by the government don’t really care if a business succeeds, it may be more to their advantage to watch it fail. The government employee gets paid regardless of the amount of private businesses they oversee. Once they are employed by the State they immediately gain a lot of power. What they say is right even if it is wrong, it may be much easier to push a program to closure than to have to deal with it.
Private and Christian Boarding School Monitoring
If the boarding schools, boot camps, and teen programs were wise they would consider implementing an oversight board of their own. This would alleviate a lot of bureaucratic involvement in the industry. Rules and regulations could be set with the board being made up of members with no financial interest in any entity, but the industry as a whole. This board could see that regulation and minimum standards are met and that programs are required to adhere to a minimum code of ethics. There are currently some private groups that monitor schools and programs but nothing that oversees the industry as a whole. Some of these tight nit groups currently in existence are more of a private click than an oversight board. These groups have their own interest at heart, yet claim to be interested in the care and welfare of the children, teens, and parents. For an oversight process, committee, and board to be effective, it would need to be inclusive rather than exclusive. All entities in the industry would need to be recognized as viable, and possibly various levels of accreditation developed to assure that parents knew exactly what they were getting into. Representative George Miller from California has long been an advocate of government oversight of the troubled teen industry, but it doesn’t seem that legislation has been passed as of yet. It would be wise for those currently engaged in the troubled teen industry to take steps to regulate themselves before the government steps in.