These children were bright and eager to learn and they had fun, asked questions and were always polite. It was obvious that their parents are dedicated to their mental and spiritual development as well as the dedicated staff of the school that works with them daily. And it really brought something very important to mind, something that we have lost.
America was so much better off when we had God in schools. And no, I don't mean forcing people to worship Him, I mean making Him available to those who do. The morning Pledge of Allegiance and the Lord's Prayer that I remember, while voluntary, was eagerly participated in by most. And it set the tone for the day, a day which was usually civil, filled with learning minds and only minor altercations. It is much different in the public schools today and I think our society suffers terribly for this. Make no mistake, we need God in our lives for, without Him, we truly lose our way.
So my hat is off to Christian education, a system that teaches excellence in subject matter to prepare young minds for the working world ahead while it also assists in spiritual development and renewal, something we all need in a society that is so often at war with itself. And I know many parents have to scrimp and save to provide this opportunity and the staff expends much time above and beyond the call of their daily duties, , but properly rearing and training our children is the most important and most honorable job that we have as parents and as educators of young minds.
So a special "hats off" to the students, staff and parents of Christ's Church Academy in Jacksonville for providing the type of environment that our kids so desperately need. God bless you and I hope to be back next year.
Author of Honey, We Shoulda' Bought the Ark, now available at outskirtspress.com/honeyweshouldaboughttheark. Real stories about the daily life of animals in rural Florida. They are truly a gift from God.