Daily Archives: May 5, 2010


Teachers Appreciate

The door remains open in my classroom almost always.  This late morning we hear maraccas, the rattling of foil and smell cumin and garlic.  This week at Regents Academy is Teacher Appreciation Week.  A good teacher doesn’t need much to feel appreciated, but a good teacher wants to feel appreciated.  If we weren’t appreciated then we could be replaced, and I know that I wouldn’t know what to do if I didn’t teach for it satisfies a deep need in my soul.

Yesterday morning we were greeted by doughnuts, cinnamon rolls and a selection of coffee.  Today we had plans for a duty-free lunch provided by a local restaurant.  I was surprised when I walked into the kitchen this morning and it was filled to over flowing with breakfast goodies!  Hey, wait a minute!  This wasn’t on the email!  I told one dedicated mom that I appreciated all her help.  She sweetly replied that we deserved all this and much more.  I am fortunate to teach at a school with such awesome parents!

The teachers at Regents appreciate our wonderful parents that support us in the daily task of teaching God’s shortest people!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  (I’ll try not to think of the extra few pounds this week is going to leave me with!) :>

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The Most Important Business on Earth

Sending your children to a private school requires sacrifice. Sometimes the sacrifice is a financial one that requires you to forgo that new car or vacation. Sometimes the sacrifice is more intangible. Sending your children to a classical Christian school with high academic standards often exposes your own inadequacies and requires you to humble yourself.
Is it worth it?

R.L. Dabney, the great Southern Presbyterian theologian from more than a century ago, asserts that it is.

The education of children for God is the most important business done on earth. It is the one business for which the earth exists. To it, all politics, all war, all literature, all money-making, ought to be subordinated; and every parent, especially, ought to feel, every hour of the day, that, next to making his own calling and election sure, this is the end for which he is kept alive by God— this is his task on earth.

Every day I spend at Regents Academy, I am more and more convinced that Dabney is right. What is it worth to have your children in a loving environment where they are taught to love learning and are cultivated in Christian virtue so that they can be remarkable servant leaders? And what is it worth to fulfill, with integrity, your calling under God to do “the one business for which the earth exists”?

When I look at 106 faces every morning, I say it’s worth more than I know.

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