|“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 3:18|
Word from the Headmaster
December 11, 2018
Andrew Kern trains classical Christian teachers, and he points out that we don’t become like Christ when we discipline ourselves, but when we pay attention to Christ. He reminds teachers and parents of a very basic truth:
We remember what we pay attention to.
In a powerful way, he says that what we pay attention to is what we become. When we pay attention to something, we remember it, and we even imitate it.
This is very important to keep in mind with children and learning. Many children have a hard time learning because they have a hard time paying attention.
As parents, we have to ask ourselves: are we training children to be able, better and better, to pay attention? Or are we inadvertently contributing to their not being able to pay attention well?
Don’t give in to the idea that children have to be entertained or engaged in doing something every moment. They need to learn how to sit and watch, how to listen without speaking, how to observe…how to behold. Here’s a test: can you ask your child to sit quietly in a chair for 5-10 minutes without anything to read or play with, and can they stay there silently and pleasantly, watching what you’re doing? If so, they can probably pay attention to their teachers, and learn, too.
Andrew Kern also remarked that prayer consists of attention. Some of us adults are getting worse at paying attention (thank you, smart phones, internet, email!) and our conversations and prayer lives show it.
We have many reminders to behold the Lord at this time of year. Let’s all pay attention to Him and His word, and show these children how to do the same.
Look for a great article, “Dare to be Different” about smart phones and children, on our Facebook page.
Another college has contacted us asking us to let our students know about them. Concordia University Chicago is launching a new initiative in Classical Studies and in Classical Pedagogy, and they are looking for classically educated freshmen. They join a growing number of colleges hungrily eyeing the students graduating from classical Christian schools.