Posted by: Joe of St. Thérèse | September 25, 2007

More on a dictatorship ran by students

Think back to your High School days everyone! Did you get to do the following: a. Choose your teachers? b. Choose what time you took your class? c. Have the right to vote out a teacher that wasn’t going to teach you the next year?
Now the answer to these should be no. Why? well, you know, 1. You weren’t mature enough to make these decisions, 2. The world was more less a monarchy at this time, where you really had no rights, and 3. What was the point of caring, when you weren’t going to see that teacher next year anyways?
These things I want you to think about because these are things that I have seen happen, and have happened to me. Students come up the day of Confirmation asking, can I have this teacher, can I be in class with my friend, etc? What happens when we allow choices like this? Classes in general are harder to control because people are with those that they like, also we are not teaching them about how to adjust to different teacher’s personalities and teaching methods. When we do this, it may be making it “kid friendly” however you lose something very important, that is getting to know different people who are not of the same personality, or have been through the same experiences that the person and a friend had. The overall goal ends up being less about teaching the Truth of the material, and more about appeasing them. I believe that it’s not the point to appease the kids, or the parents for that manner. The number one goal is to teach the faith (especially at the HS level) as is, and make sure that they understand what the truth is. Not about entertaining them, or making them happy. It is not like this in the real world by any means. They need to realize that it’s not about appeasing them in the big picture, but teaching them the truth, un-watered down. You may tell me, but some of the kids are forced in Confirmation, I may tell you, does it matter in the end, what is the point of having Catechesis…in which you’d reply with an answer that’d match what I am thinking.
What happens when tons of parents complain about how you teach. Well, for one thing, the parent’s are NOT the one’s teaching. (Although they should be teaching at home, and they should be enforcing what’s being taught in classes). You can not go off of one sides’ opinion. In the real world, if students have problems with teachers, they list their complaints, and then they go over what those complaints are, and there’s a solution done to correct the problem. It doesn’t result in that person not teaching the next semester or next year. Now what makes NO SENSE AT ALL, is HOW DO THEY HAVE A SAY IN WHAT I AM GOING TO TEACH, WHEN I WILL NOT BE TEACHING THEIR CHILDREN NEXT YEAR? That makes no sense to me at all. They have to deal with people they don’t like in the real world. Why don’t they just come to me and list their complaints? Intimidation? whatever. What parents don’t know is the hard work that is done in making lesson plans to try and teach things. The fact that I present the material in an in your face hard manner is only reflective of the material itself. It’s difficult. Not by any fault of my own, but because naturally, the Bible, the teachings of the Church are difficult. If that’s something they can not handle, they are not ready to be Confirmed. So often we get into the thought that Confirmation means accepting of ones’ faith, IT DOES NOT MEAN THIS! CCC 1285 states: …..It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For by the sacrament of Confirmation (the baptized) are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed. CCC 1302-1303 state: It is evident from its celebration that the effect of the sacrament of Confirmation is the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost. From this fact, Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace: -it roots us more deeply in the divine filiation which makes us cry, “Abba Father,”; -it unites us more firmly to Christ; -it increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us; -it renders our bond with the Church more perfect; -it gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and to never be ashamed of the Cross: Recall then that you have received the spiritual seal, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of right judgement and courage, the spirit of knowledge and reverence, the spirit of holy fear in God’s presence. Guard what you have received. God the Father has marked you with his sign; Christ the Lord has confirmed you and has placed in his pledge the Spirit in your hearts (St. Ambrose). Amen!

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