At this time of year, it isn’t uncommon to hear someone express how little they have to be thankful for. But it is by being thankful in all of our circumstances that allows us to grow. Because, really, the quality of our lives boils down to how we see things. The battle starts in the mind.
In Thanksgiving: A Time to Remember by Barbara Rainey, you’ll find no political correctness, just the simple story of a journey of faith. “I was determined that my children would hear the stories of the courageous men, women, and children who lived honorably and, through faith in God, made enormous sacrifices to secure freedom for us all.”
Today’s educational system has a focus on optimization – getting the most widgets through the process. It isn’t surprising then that frequently the system becomes the point of the exercise, that a grade will declare one educated irrespective of what one knows, or what skills one has developed or, unfortunately, failed to develop. This focus on the system carries with it a lack of respect for the individual. What if a student needs that extra time to master a concept before moving on? What if another student has already mastered the concept in question and is being held back while waiting for others to catch up. We need a method that allows one-on-one time and attention for each child. That is certainly something mothers are accustomed to providing.