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Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: 221B Bakers Street
"And thou shalt love the Lord thy God of all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart. And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thine sittest in thy house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up." Deuteronomy 6:5-7
If you ever have the opportunity to interview a whole slew of teachers seeking employment in a private Christian school please interview the more promising ones, and conduct your final grillings with those few. Take it seriously, because whomever you hire, 24 precious children are going to be compelled to look up into that person face every single day for six hours. So the teacher you have chose better be a work of art. Many of the questions asked unconventional, should be to bypass the tendency of some applicants to preform for the interview, to say what they know the employer wants to hear. A offbeat question you should ask every interviewee, is this. Look back on your own years of schooling, out of all the teachers you had, how many of them really made a lasting positive impression on you, truly influenced you for the better, inspired you to accomplish something good, open you up to greater understanding and virtue? In other words, how many of them had real love? Before I tell you some surprising answers, stop and ask yourself the same question. How many of your teachers, as you were growing up, had real love? Well, virtually every one of the teacher candidates said there had been only two or three teachers, total, that had really been worthwhile to them all the years they were students. Two or three! What of the dozens of other mediocre teachers they had during their magical growth period, during their "stem cell" years?
You will find that many of the teacher candidates have ended up going into this very same field taught by their inspiring teachers. Some of them had never before realized the connection between their teachers love in their own subsequent affinity for the subject. There was a mysterious transference that somehow had taken place during their mentorship with a truly inspired teacher. Yes we want to diligently developed private schools where all of the teachers have this quality, were all would be remembered years later with appreciation because they had truly inspired their students, it's a daunting task, fraught with difficulties and setbacks. But I believe, with God's help, we can do it, we can change it, we can make the future brighter for our children. And of course there are many private religious schools across the nation, offering a better alternative than government education for all those souls who, like John Taylor Gatto, just can't stomach public education any longer. There is, however, what I frankly believed to be a far superior educational solution, since it has a unique potential not only of properly educating children, but of transforming entire family is well. I'm talking about homeschooling, which is the Avenue my wife and I have chosen for our own child. The simple truth is, we love our kid more than any teacher could possibly be expected to love them. That's not to our credit, it's just a fact of life, my child, whom God has given to us to "teach diligently" as it says in Deuteronomy. With a little diligence on our part, our children's teachers can always be memorable to them.
While not all homeschoolers are religious, Christians are unquestionably the driving force behind the rapidly growing homeschooling movement in America today. Virtually all of the curriculum and moral support groups, but networking organizations, the legal battles, the publications and curriculum fairs are the passionate work of Christians and fiercely believe a de facto atheistic government school system is no place to "train up" the Next Generation of "Warriors for Christ." In fact, the motivation and intensity of many committee Christian homeschoolers is strikingly reminiscent of the Pilgrims. Everyone knows the Pilgrims left England for Holland because of religious persecution. But why did they leave Holland and make the incredibly dangerous trip across the Atlantic to America? William Bradford, one of the Pilgrims who established the Plymouth colony and later served as its governor for more than 30 years, explain what motivated them to leave Holland, despite the Freedom from religious persecution they had found their. "Many of the children, wrote in Bradford of English transplants, "influenced by great licentiousness of the young people of the country, and the many temptations of the cities, were led by evil example into dangerous corners, getting the rains off their neck and leaving their parents."