As “there are no small things” we are told to “work heartily, as for the Lord” (Col. 3:23), something as simple as making your bed can do wonders for your happiness and health, and carefulness is a virtue, according to Aristotle, then paying attention to details and concentrating on bettering seemingly unimportant small skills is important for the overall well-being, success, and fulfillment of a student. Thus, the insistence when a teacher makes you put your heading in the correct corner with each piece of information, or makes you use graph paper for math, or makes you re-do an answer that she cannot read—are all examples of an effort to help a student realize the importance of being careful with details.
As part of Annapolis’ spiritual formation program, students in the School of Logic & Rhetoric meet each week for a corporate chapel worship service. In this week’s School of Logic and Rhetoric Chapel service, students examined Jesus’ parable on teaching and discipleship found in Luke 6:39-49 and were challenged to think deeply about what it means to follow Jesus.
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.”