Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Opus 2013-78: Tears Trump Truth

I may be heartless.  I may lack sensitivity.  I am not blind and as a history teacher I remember what has gone before.  I have observed that when a parent cries, the meeting is hopeless.  We had a parent meeting last week.  We were trying to keep a student on track.  She was a nice person.  No one questioned that she was a pleasure to have around.  The problem was that she was failing several classes.  As we suggested checking her homework the mother started tearing up because she could not check her child's homework.  She claimed she did not understand.  I wasn’t sure if it was the English part or the math skills.  When the tears appeared rational discussion stopped.  Warm-hearted, caring people reached for boxes of tissue.  I tried to cover my frustration.  For all intents and purposes the meeting was over.

Later, it became clear that the girl was lying to her mother on a constant basis.  That should have been the point when the tears came out but it breezed by without a ripple.  It is no wonder these kids are so messed up.  What hope does this young lady have if her own mother doesn’t get upset when she is lied to.  Where can she turn when I am the only adult in the room that seems to see this as a problem.

Welcome to modern education and modern parenting.

homo unius libri


  1. I believe it's called "enabling," NOT parenting.

    1. If you will excuse a quote from an typical student, "I knew that."

      AA knows it too. Too bad the general public doesn't get it.

      Grace and peace.


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