As a parent, I found that my keeping our daughter’s spirituality as a child of God before my thought helped me support her expression of youthful energy and intelligence in the most productive way at school. My study of Christian Science has taught me that every child is the complete expression of God who is the divine Mind of us all. The uniqueness of Mind is expressed in originality in God’s creation. No child is one of a series on an assembly line. Every child’s future is secure in Mind including opportunities divinely designed for them. I have found this understanding can protect children from limits and stereotypes that might otherwise block a child’s opportunities to succeed.
When our daughter was in the third grade, her teacher devoted an entire year to helping the students build character through the writing and performing of an opera. Our girl loved this! She soaked up every opportunity to participate in art, music and dance - activities that called forth her natural vibrancy and allowed her to work closely with her classmates. By year’s end, the whole class had refined the practical skills of cooperation, respect, generosity, and selflessness essential to their progress. What they didn’t develop were many math skills. So as the fourth grade rolled around, our daughter struggled to keep up. I learned at the first conference with her fourth grade teacher that if she did not do well on a test the following day, she would be placed in a remedial math class for slow learners.
I prayed for my daughter, recognizing that God had prepared a path forward for her to express her natural intelligence. That evening I talked to her about the qualities of Mind that God gives her to express, and encouraged her to know herself as the intelligent reflection of Mind at school. I never told her what the teacher had said. The next day she passed the math test, and no more mention was ever made of remedial classes or being labeled as “slow.” Rather, from that point on she always got exceptional grades in math.
As the school year gets underway, we can pray to recognize in all children their infinite spiritual potential to express divine intelligence. Excellence is a spiritual attribute of Mind. Every child has equal right, access and ability to express the infinite qualities of Mind at school.