Time and Influence

So I am reading the new biography of Deitrich Bonhoeffer, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, and they were talking about the influence the children’s 2 Christian nannies had. They were talking about the importance of the nannies’ faith to Bonhoeffer’s mom and how they helped to form the children’s faith.

I started thinking about how important it is to really contemplate who you bring in to influence your kids for 8 hours a day (like sitters or nannies) or even how much we ponder whose homes we will allow our children to visit.  Of course that led me to thinking about school. We examine and re-examine who we bring into our homes but many are completely  complacent to allow the school to chose who will be influencing their kids in the schools. Now I have heard from many people how they have good, Christian teachers this year but not last, or may be next year it may not be good.

Would you employ a nanny agency that would maybe let you choose your first nanny but every so often was going to change nannies and you wouldn’t get a say? Of course not! You want control over someone who will be such an integral part of you child’s life. Why don’t people have the same outrage about the schools being run that way?

Is it because the government has told you that you don’t have the right to? And what do you think about that?

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  • Alethia Confer January 6th, 2011 2:53 pm

    You made some fine points there. I did a search on the topic and found most folks will agree with your blog.

  • Carletta January 11th, 2011 10:24 pm

    Excellent point! I was just thinking the other day about how parents often don’t even have a chance to choose their child’s teacher from the group of teachers available for a specific grade. So even if there are teachers who they feel would be a good influence or a good fit for their children, they may not necessarily have access to those teachers. I definitely believe parents should have a say in such matters.

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