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.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Opus 2017-223: Teachers of the Past

How times change.  I have just retired from being a teacher.  We hear all kinds of praise for teachers and glorify what they do.  It has not always been that way.  I came across this comment about teachers in 17th century America.
“In all colonial communities the schoolteacher stood low in the social scale, and usually with good reason.  He was often a drunkard, or ne’er-do-well, and his pay was so small that he had to live in a state of perpetual shabbiness.”  p. 54
I am glad to see that child molester and porn star are not on the list.

In that day most education was done by the parents.  Only in rare cases was a teacher employed.  If a child could learn basic math and how to read, the rest was pretty much up to him.  Keep in mind that Abraham Lincoln didn’t have more than a half a year of formal education.  In reality, it is much the same.  People who become educated do so because they have applied themselves, not because someone taught them.

I am still learning and using the modern technology that seems to be dumbing down the next generation.  It all depends on how you use it.

Woodward, William E.  The Way Our People Lived.  New York:  Liveright Publishing Corporation, 1964.

homo unius libri


  1. There are exceptions, like yourself, but generally speaking, I don't care for teachers, and my wife loathes them, and with good reason. During my 12 years of public education,I had two excellent teachers, two utterly horrible teachers, and a great range of so-so ones. Nearly ALL think they deserve more money when, in reality, only a few deserve it. Most are commie clones put out by the "educational" system of this country and actually believe the propaganda they're teaching the kids. Nearly ALL think that we could solve all the shortcomings of modern education by throwing more money at the school systems. AND, most are terribly arrogant and try to hobnob with the upper crust, forgetting that the upper crust consider them as servants.

    1. How do you really feel?

      I am looking for an area to argue with you but coming up short.

      Grace and peace.


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