Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Why Classical Conversations? (2 of 3)

Many thanks to guest blogger Jeri Mazur, Shreveport Challenge B Director and 2009 Practicum speaker, for sharing these words of encouragement to challenge and inspire us for the upcoming year.

Why Classical Conversations? (part 2)
By Jeri Mazur

...continued from part 1...

I recently received an email with the title “What it took to get an 8th grade education in 1895.” While most people are just forwarding this around and shaking their heads at the deplorable state of education today, I was thrilled to realize that CC students who get several years of Foundations memory work and work through the content in Challenge A and B will be more than able to pass such a test.

Even more exciting to me is the fact that children who learn the Essentials grammar and writing method, who learn the research and logic in those early Challenge years, and do the hard work of learning to learn, speak, write, and persuade in Challenge I-IV will possess the skills and abilities to truly make a difference in our world.

I can only imagine what the Lord could do with those who are so equipped, who love Him, who know His Word, and who are willing to serve.

However, such an endeavor comes at a cost. I once read a piece by a mother who was asked how she turned out such wonderful children. I think the comment was, “I would give my life to have children like yours.” Without missing a beat, the wise mother responded by saying that was exactly what it would take.

Now that my children are older, I see so clearly that this giving of your life does not end after the toddler stage, or when your children are old enough to go to school, or even when they are finally old enough to stay by themselves.

Just because your child is finally old enough to stay at CC without you (Challenge A) does not mean that you can finally “get a life.” Your life is still not your own!

Your middle school and high school (dare I say college level) children still need your time and attention, maybe more now than ever. We may not have to be quite so diligent about their physical safety, but how much more so about their emotional and spiritual safety. These are the years that we should be guiding them to maturity.

...to be continued...

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