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September 15, 2014, 1:58 PM

Four Actions to Ensure Your Child Gets a Good Education


 I don’t know about you, but I often check my mileage on my vehicles to see how well I’m doing on fuel economy.  Low average mileage alerts me to see if anything else is going on—something I might be able to fix or adjust to better my car’s performance.  Just as we check “under the hood,” we should also check on a regular basis what’s going on in the hearts and minds of ours students.

 We cannot take for granted the type, quality, or measure of academic and spiritual formation occurring in our children’s school, and, more importantly, in our students.  We must work together with our children’s educators, set high expectations, and hold ourselves accountable so that the purposes and plans God has for our children will be realized.

 FOUR ACTIONS TO ENSURE YOUR CHILD GETS A GOOD EDUCATION

1.   COMMUNICATE THE BIG PICTURE--we are to do all things, including school, for the glory of God.  We are to approach our studies as an act of worship to bless God, our teachers, and the world around us.  We don't want to just be consumers in this world, but contributors.  We want to love God with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength.  The world doesn't need any more fluff or nice cliché's.  The world is looking for real, authentic, meaningful expressions, of Christianity that addresses human need with the amazing love of God

2.    ENCOURAGE OWNERSHIP--many students today give up far too easily.  Most things that are valuable and worthwhile in life, however, come with discipline, tenacity, and perseverance.  Challenge your child to take initiative and responsibility for their learning, to ask questions, to go above and beyond, to give their best effort.  When we learn to take ownership of our education and cooperate with God, we're placing ourselves in a position to see God's influence grow in our lives.

 “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Col. 3:17)

3.   CELEBRATE EFFORT, NOT JUST RESULTS--God has gifted us each in "many diverse ways" (1 Pet. 4:10), with different skill sets, aptitudes, and abilities.  It is unfair to expect everyone to obtain the same results (i.e. each child receive the same grades).  I will never be able to dunk a basketball or play as well as LeBron James.  It is totally fair to expect your child to give school their best effort.  In the Parable of the Talents, the master did not hold his servants accountable to all achieve the same results (as this would not be fair since each started with different amounts--gifts and abilities).  Instead, he held them accountable to how they used the gifts they had received.  In essence, they weren't competing against others, but against themselves to be the best that they could be whatever that might be.

 4.   INSPECT WHAT YOU EXPECT--If we want our kids to love God with all their heart, mind and strength, to approach all of life as an act of worship, to make the most of their opportunities then we must demonstrate this by our actions.  What is important to you will be important to your kids.  What you live by you impart.  What you permit, you promote.

  • Ask questions about school. 
    • What are you learning?
    • Who are your friends?
    • How are you making a difference and being a blessing?
  • Inspect their work.
    • How are their grades?
    • Any missing assignments?  Behavioral comments?
    • How about attendance & tardies? --are they demonstrating responsibility?

 Your school’s online grade book and student management software is a great tool to assist you in monitoring your children’s overall performance and experience.

GOD WANTS US TO LOVE HIM W/ ALL OF OUR BEING EVERY DAY, IN EVERY WAY, WHEREVER WE ARE.

Shaping hearts and minds,

Dr. Chris


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