Why We Teach

One important thing that I learned in school this year is how the church should be separate from unbelievers.

During World War II, the U.S. government put out a series of propaganda films called “Why We fight.” Perhaps this article is a bit of propaganda for our Christian schools. And the “propaganda” is very effective as it comes from the pens of the students themselves (the junior high of South Holland P.R.C.S.).

We must always have the watchmen of truth, love, wisdom, and necessity at the door of our mouth (from a chapel speech by one of our pastors, KH)

You can’t judge people by how they look or how popular they are. You should look at what people are like on the inside, because that’s what God looks at.

But these students have also learned the driving force behind all our actions, as this student points out.

We must treat fellow Christians with love and only with love. Everything we say and do must be in total love, as Christ loves us. We must follow his example.

The following students have learned some important classroom lessons about authority, atti­tudes, participation, responsibility and self-discipline. All of these are important for the whole of the Christian life. I quote:

It’s important to have a good attitude in class, otherwise nobody’s going to like you, or you could get kicked out of class.

One of the most important things that I learned this year was how to be a good participant in class.

The teacher is supreme. I am under the teacher.

I used to be one of the most irresponsible people I could think of. I’m not anymore.

One of the most important lessons I learned this year is how to discipline myself in my school work.

Striking, is it not, that most of these students remember underlying principles of Christian scholarship, rather than specific academic concepts? Nevertheless, the mundane lessons are important too.

I think when we took photography, I learned a lot. I would like to be an underwater photographer.     

One of the most important things I learned this year was how to figure out bills on a credit card. I learned this in math and I enjoyed it.

I learned more about nouns, pronouns, verbs, and verbals. I really am starting to understand it. It’s helping me in my speech today, and it will help my speech in the future.

Whether the lessons learned are mundane or sublime, the Lord graciously uses them to make stewards from sluggards, and saints from sinners. Perhaps, then, the most important principle we can teach our scholars is gratitude to God. Is that not the essence of the Christian life? To hear students express this gratitude makes all the headaches of teaching worth while.

The most important thing I have learned this year is to appreciate the Christian education that we receive here.


Karen is a teacher in the South Holland Protestant Reformed Christian School.