Student appreciates Christian upbringing
Friday, January 18, 2008
By Alana Duffle
parents choose to place their children in public schools, but Brian and
Kathy Middleton chose a different form of education.
They thought the best place for their children to learn was inside their home in Wichita, Kan.
Brian, an employee for D&O Engineering, and Kathy, a former library
employee, decided they would home school their children.
Kathy quit her job at the library and committed her time to educating their eight children.
She ordered the curriculum and went to work preparing her children for
the real world while exposing them to a strong Christian environment.
Senior Alan Middleton is one of Brian and Kathy’s eight children,
and he believes home schooling today is different than in previous
“My parents were very active in the home school community. They put on
a huge convention to teach other parents how to home school their
children,” Alan said. “Parents are being smarter about home schooling;
it’s not the same as it used to be.”
Alan believes home schooled kids can turn out fine as long as their parents do a good job.
Kathy enjoyed home schooling her children, and the Middleton children enjoyed it as well.
“Being home schooled was cool. We could go to school in our pajamas,
and if I had grown up in a public school, I don’t think I’d like that
version of me as much,” Alan said. “I think this version of me is
better because I grew up in such a strong Christian environment. We had
friends in the youth group, so it’s not like we didn’t socialize with
Alan is an interdisciplinary studies major who graduated high school
at the age of 16 with a class consisting of two students: his brother,
Daniel, and himself.
Alan continued his education at Butler Community College, a local university just a few minutes from their house.
When Alan reached the age of 18, he transferred to Oklahoma Christian with enough credit hours to be classified as a junior.
“The three focuses of my interdisciplinary studies major are youth
ministry, business and communications,” Alan said. “After graduation,
I hope to be a youth minister in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas or Colorado. I
want to stay close to home.”
Growing up in a household of ten people isn’t the ideal lifestyle
for most people; however, the Middleton’s wouldn’t have it any other
“It was fun growing up with seven siblings. You always had someone to play with,” David Middleton said.
Alan wasn’t the only child who decided to continue his education in
another Christian environment; their children Patricia and David also
attended Oklahoma Christian.
“My parents wanted me to get a Christian education, and Oklahoma
Christian was in close proximity to our house,” David said. “I also had
many friends who already attended school at Oklahoma Christian.”
David and Patricia both shared similar reasons for choosing to attend
Oklahoma Christian. Alan, however, had a few additional reasons.
He originally wanted to attend a state school, but he knows he made the right decision in coming to Oklahoma Christian.
He said it has been a good foundation for him and has prepared him for the real world.
“I wanted to go to Oklahoma Christian because there are a lot of girls
here,” Alan said. “The campus is hypothetically appealing. It’s not bad
looking, and they were good about transferring my credit hours. Other
than the girls, I like being at Oklahoma Christian because of the
Alan maintains a busy schedule at the university.
“I am the rush director for Alpha Gamma Omega, and I try to stay active
in View 63 and other Bible studies,” Alan said. “I attend chapel and
classes, and I work at the Fitness Center front desk.”
Alan volunteers as the youth minister for Luther Church of Christ, and he is starting work at Best Buy.
Alan was on the Spiritual Life Committee last year and led a
devotional for the freshman class, which he enjoyed. He has also led
singing in chapel.
Alan has mastered his time management skills and he balances all of his activities while maintaining good grades.
“My advice to others is to have good priorities, always put God first and try not to procrastinate,” Alan said.