Five of the sixteen professors at Patrick Henry College (PHC) in Loudon county, Virginia resigned from the school.Â The news is of interest to the homeschooling community because of PHC’s close ties to HSLDA, and because of the many homeschool graduates who apply to the college and are accepted.
- Â The Washington Post, Washington, D.C., 19 May 2006, 5 Professors Quit Religious SchoolÂ Â Â Â
Nearly a third of the faculty members at Patrick Henry College in Loudoun County are leaving the school because of what they described as limitations on their academic freedom, causing unusual introspection at the politically connected Christian liberal arts college.
The departure of five of the school’s 16 full-time professors follows the forced resignation last year of Jeremy Hunley, a library clerk who promoted the idea that baptism is essential for salvation, a violation of the 10-point statement of faith that all faculty members and students are required to sign when they come to Patrick Henry. According to the statement, and to many evangelical Christians, salvation is found only through faith in Jesus Christ.
TheÂ response to the news wasÂ many more news reports, and blog entries, about the small, and still unaccredited,Â college.
In addition to the news reports, Terry Gross of the NPR program, Fresh Air, is scheduled to broadcast an interview with Michael FarrisÂ today.Â (audio should be linked in just under one hour from this posting atÂ ca. 3pm Eastern)