Classical Christian conferences tend to have grand titles, such as one last year called, “Saving Western Civilization, One Student at a Time.” It is good for us to keep the larger purposes in mind, though many parents right now are more concerned with finding a school tie or a pair of pants that fits their growing child!
I urge all parents, especially those new to Geneva, to remember that there is a lot of adjusting that happens at the beginning of a school year. The relaxed nature of summer vacation runs straight into the planned order of the classroom, and sometimes the impact is jarring.
We start the school year practicing things many children are not used to: waiting to be called on instead of blurting out comments, eating while sitting still, listening quietly, standing behind desks, working diligently. Why all the rules? They establish an atmosphere of learning in which truly amazing things happen. They really are small steps toward saving Western Civilization.
Ephesians 6:4 says: “And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.” We are to create a Christian culture and raise up our children in it, a culture that values godliness, truth, beauty, and humility. We have a lot of work to do! Yet, hurrah, we’ve started!