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17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;
18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
~ Psalm 103:17
I wrote a philosophy of education in 1974 which includes a line or four about educating the whole child. I was educated for that portion of my schooling in a school that was then called Plymouth State College in Plymouth, N.H. . It is a school that boasts their public library as Daniel Webster’s courthouse, poet Robert Frost as a professor, children’s legendary author illustrator Tasha Tudor as a guest lecturer and so much more.
There I was instructed in the arts of music, physical education, art and research. I saw first hand how all of these pairs of “glasses” informed me as a student and as a teacher. I was given guidance as to how to incorporate them into my teaching. My student teaching included being able to take a story and “map” it out so that all of the elements of those subjects including the requisite reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic added up to give a child a full set of lenses through which to see the world.
Now, all over the country programs are being cut, and the first to go are the arts, squeezing them into every period available, and over scheduling the teachers so that no one is fully present in one place. We have less children, but have not picked up on a creative way to keep their special area teachers included in their education in one place. Their educators are divided yet expected to run their programs full speed on a fraction of the time. In all of this, no administration is cut, re-scheduled, re-purposed.
I am looking hard for the blessing in this, and for God’s mercy on the children who now, more than ever need their whole person educated, nurtured, completed with continuity.
I entreat you to pray for the educators, the school systems, the people of this country and those who are blessed with creative solutions as you enter this summer. Talk to your neighbors, ask questions at meetings, be a part of the blessing that keeps on giving, a whole education for a whole, fulfilled child.
Because of Him,