The most important thing we can teach our kids, by Eric Nelson

This article, written by Eric Nelson, a colleague and a writer, who focuses on the link between consciousness and health from the perspective of a Christian Science practitioner, addresses the importance of instilling spiritual development in our children. He shares his spiritual insight and opinions of others (who are actively involved in education) who agree that spiritual development is as important to the public arena as cultivating intellectual, physical and social skills. Eric goes a step farther by acknowledging how learning more about love (a ‘moral and spiritual culture’) elevates thought and society. Read this sensitive and powerful article-be prepared to be up lifted!-

‘Ignoring spiritual development in the public square,’ says columnist David Brooks, ‘is like ignoring intellectual, physical or social development.’

There are plenty of things we should be teaching our kids in order to ensure their happiness, health and success, but by far the most important is how to love. It’s unlikely, however, that you’ll find any mention of this in most school’s core curriculum. At least not directly.

“My job is not to get [my students] into Stanford,” said Palo Alto, California, schools chief Glenn McGee in a 2015 New York Times article. “It’s to teach them to learn how to learn, to think, to work together – learn how to explore, collaborate, learn to be curious and creative.”

A step in the right direction, to be sure. But it leaves out the key component.

Love is not just window dressing for an otherwise (and hopefully) exemplary school career. It’s the window itself, the portal through which we see the world and the world sees us. Without it our lives have a tendency to fall into the mental darkness that can cause kids to either give up or, worse, check out, evidenced in the recent and repeated outbreaks of teen suicide. This needn’t be the case.

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org