The inspiration of recitation | Opinion

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The inspiration of recitation | Opinion


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TODD BRADY

Union College

Revealed 8:51 AM EST Nov 5, 2019

Our oldest and youngest attend Augustine College, a Classical Christian College.  Since its founding in 2001, Augustine has been in regards to the work of providing an training to the glory of God that’s Biblically-based, Gospel-centered, and Classically-informed.  That is the boys’ first yr to attend and it has been nothing however a very good expertise.  Good folks.  Good training.  Good mates.  Good experiences.  We’re pleased.  For us, a good selection.

I just lately attended Grandparents Day (Let me be clear—I used to be the father or mother, not the grandparent!) which included Recitation.  This was a giant deal for the boys and for the varsity.  Certainly, it was a giant day for all of us.  One set of grandparents drove all the way in which to Jackson from out of city to be there with us.  The opposite set of grandparents met us on that day.

We acquired up that morning, and the boys placed on their ties and coats.  Each hair was put in place.  (At the least in place as a lot as a 7-year previous and a 15-year previous’s might be.)  They wore their good footwear.  They buttoned their shirts and tucked them in.  They made positive their ties had been straight. 

If you see your boys in coats and ties, it makes you notice that they may quickly be males.

Recitation is when college students recite memorized parts of Scripture or poems out loud in entrance of others.  The watching crowd on at the present time had been doting mother and father and grandparents.  I used to be on the fourth row, however I had a tough time seeing the stage as a result of the mother and father and grandparents in entrance of me had been holding their cell telephones up and videoing their children.  It was a sea of cell telephones.  Digicam flashes had been additionally going off.  These children had been rock stars up there on that stage.

All college students quoted all 260 phrases of Proverbs 3:1-17 loudly, clearly and exactly.  The primary grade stood up and recited “The Land of Story-Books” by Robert Louis Stevenson.  One of many higher faculty teams shared “The Highwayman” by Alfred Noyes. 

A pair months in the past, when my first-grader got here residence and informed me he can be memorizing a bit of Scripture and 4 poems for the primary quarter, I believed it was so much.  Nowadays, I’ve to jot down the three grocery gadgets on a listing to recollect what my spouse needs me to choose up.  In any other case, I’ll overlook them on the brief drive to the shop.  In actual fact, midway by way of this column, I forgot what I used to be writing about. 

During the last couple months, I’ve been serving to him together with his reminiscence work from home as he was preparing for Recitation Day.  When the day got here, I knew a few of what was coming, however I used to be actually impressed with the quantity that these children (ages pre-Kindergarten by way of 12th grade) had dedicated to reminiscence.  Their recitation served as an encouragement to me.  Not solely can we normally do greater than we expect we are able to do, I used to be challenged to get again within the groove of doing a little reminiscence work.

As I sat with all of the proud mother and father and grandparents, I questioned on the talents of youngsters.  It’s superb what children can do.  There may be a lot we are able to be taught from them.

Todd E. Brady is vp for college ministries at Union College. Write to him at 1050 Union College Drive, Jackson, TN 38305.



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