The Importance of Teaching Right and Wrong
In a world that continues to tell us that anything goes is OK, that you cannot share an opinion that may be different from another person’s and where teaching the truths of the Bible is perceived as being both intolerant and inflammatory, schools have much to wrestle with, particularly authentically Christian communities such as ours. In a world where there is a temptation to shelter and protect our children, to fight their battles and advocate loudly for their rights, the role of the Christian teacher is vitally important.
Having taught in both Primary and Secondary settings, there is a key distinction between a Primary teacher and a Secondary teacher. Generally speaking, and of course there are exceptions to the rule, a Primary teacher teaches children first, whereas due to the necessity of the curriculum, Secondary teachers teach content, or subject areas first.
Whilst Primary teachers deliver curriculum and content also, and at St Peter’s we do this extremely well, learning isn’t restricted to the classroom and the lesson plans that are constructed. Learning occurs in the playground, at assemblies, whilst eating lunch, whilst waiting to go home in the afternoon. Learning occurs around the dinner table, whilst saying good night while travelling in the car. Learning occurs in relationship.
Learning comes from questions, from wonderings and ponderings. Learning comes from hearing other people discuss things and from the media. One of the most important areas for children to understand is the difference between right and wrong. Often this comes from parents, and rightly so. We teach our children that certain responses are acceptable, whilst others are not. At school there are guidelines, expectations and rules that help to instil this important area in our children. Teachers offer feedback, correct conversation, bookwork and assessments to help children better understand this important area. To guide and instruct and help them to be the best they can be.
As a Christian school, our understanding of what is right and wrong is largely influenced by the Bible. Our values and desires for our children are built upon what is true, what is right and what is helpful. The notion of relativism (where there is no correction of right and wrong) has no place in our school. Please continue to pray for our staff as they work in this important area, as we continue to pray for you as parents in your roles.