Beleivers must offer moral competence to society, first by teaching their own children,then by being witnesses and leaders in their own callings, and finally by honoring the church’s position in society. I mentioned this in a response to NCLB in a blog at MyMothering.
This article, from the UK, underlines how stressed out teachers are. They are stressed in the US too. I am meeting more and more retired teachers who are angry and bitter — due to unreasonable policies and unmannerly students. As a parent I was baffled by what appeared to be lack of work and total hostility to the children. I did not fully realize the pressures from the bureaucratic system. I did not understand how to properly motivate the teacher to do the work needed. Because I was going out for ministry, my child was stuck in public school — while all my friends and peers put their children in private school. I was frustrated because we were falling farther behind.
Today, with better revelation, I see that pushing, mandates, and anger really are not working. I believe what will work to change the situation is the Word of God. Notice how nothing else holds up high standards AND gives the grace & joy to meet them.
Teachers need comfort, I know. Education needs improvement – wow do I know. There need to be some revelatory insights for improvement. While it is clearly not politically correct — I think I have found the source of the answer.
We are seeing a rising up of new leadership. Let’s continue to seed, and to water. We will then have a harvest of better fruit.