Pat Kinner introduced students in Annapolis’ School of Grammar to a study called “The Promises of God” at the first chapel service of the new school year. Students were encouraged to view God’s promises as presents. Psalm 145:9 says “The Lord is good to all, and his tender mercies are over all his works.” This is a promise about God’s character. Annapolis students were encouraged to talk at home with their parents about how God has been good to them. Here is a summary text of that message:
I am a history teacher, but that is not ALL that I teach. In my classroom I use the subject of history as a vehicle to teach about life, to teach about God and His creation. This may seem cliché, but let me explain exactly what I mean.
Parents are the most vital constituency in any Christian school. They entrust their children to teachers and administrators during the formative years; they pay tuitions that underwrite a school’s existence; they volunteer their time, talents, and treasure to provide needed support for a school’s operations. While schools exist in part to serve the needs of children, a serious case can be made that a Christian school’s primary reason for existence is to serve the needs of parents.
Choosing the right school for your child can be a challenging decision for any parent. There are a multitude of important things to consider from environment to test scores to reputation to facilities etc. But by far the most important criteria involves the quality of teachers. Luke 6:40 succinctly states the mission of a true teacher: “A student, when he is mature, will be like his teacher.”