2022’s Top Episodes of “Making The Leap”


Making The Leap is a weekly podcast hosted by Christine and Chris Stigall. The Stigalls recently made the leap to Christian education, pulling their daughter out of a public school…


Making The Leap is a weekly podcast hosted by Christine and Chris Stigall. The Stigalls recently made the leap to Christian education, pulling their daughter out of a public school and sending her to a private Christian school. The Stigalls want to empower other families to choose the school that’s best for them and break free from the status quo. They speak with society experts, educators, legislators, psychologists, and other parents to uncover the hidden truths in education and lay the groundwork for change. 

At the close of Making The Leap’s first year, these were the most downloaded episodes:

  1. Weighing the Options: Public School vs. Private – On the first episode of Making the Leap, Chris and Christine discuss their decision to send their daughter to a private Christian school, while keeping their two sons in public school. They walk listeners through their entire decision-making process, and bring on the academic dean of a private Christian school in West Chester, Pennsylvania. They discuss how it felt to call that school for the first time. They address the pro’s and con’s of both public and private school options. And finally, Chris and Christine share why they would choose Christian education for all three of their children if they could do it all over again.
  2. The Final Straw: COVID & School Closures – Chris and Christine discuss the emotional strain that the covid pandemic placed on their family. That emotional strain coupled with political indoctrination in Pennsylvania public schools pushed Chris and Christine to the edge. It was time to move back to Missouri and pull their daughter out of public school. Making this move was a difficult decision, but it was driven out of necessity. Chris and Christine felt they had no choice but to pack their bags.
  3. Overcoming Obstacles: Money, Dress Codes, Transportation, and More – Chris and Christine discuss the initial challenges their family faced during the switch to Christian education. From budgeting to commuting to shopping within a dress code, the transition to Christian education wasn’t always easy, but it was worth every sacrifice. Chris and Christine are joined by their friend, Rance Carlson, who walked alongside them throughout their leap to Christian education. 
  4. The Teacher Shortage – Christine shares her personal experience as a public school teacher and why she decided to leave teaching years ago. In addition, Chris and Christine interview two public school teachers from Kansas City who also decided to leave the profession.
  5. Parents vs. Teachers: Whose Children Are They? – Chris and Christine focus on K-12 curriculum and who REALLY wields the power when it comes to children and their education. Inspiration for this episode was largely derived from a new film, “Whose Children Are They?” This groundbreaking and powerfully persuasive documentary film features brave teachers, empowered parents, and front-line experts who pull back the curtain about what is truly happening in public schools today. Chris & Christine interview one of those front-line experts, Deborah Flora, President and Founder of Parents United America. 

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The Stanley M. Herzog Charitable Foundation is a charitable foundation dedicated to catalyzing and accelerating the development of quality Christ-centered K-12 education so that families and culture flourish.  

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