Tuesday 27 April 2010

Things Children Say

I was covering an RE lesson. It was an introduction to Hinduism, and the idea of Brahman the Supreme Power. The plan instructed me to brainstorm the children about the idea of a "Job Description for the SP over the Earth- specifically noting what things the SP would control, and what things humans would control"

Here is what happened [my words are in red - stuff written on the board in blue]


No poverty, sickness, war or homelessness

Everything would be fair

Leicester City would win every football match they played.

"Would this work?"


"No, Miss, because if LCFC won every time it would not be fair on other teams. To be fair every match would have to end in a draw"

"That's no good, Miss, you wouldn't bother to play then, if you knew you would never win"


"OK, we will forget football for a minute [if only some of them could!] and think about what the humans will be allowed to control"


Where they put their furniture.

"That's it? That is all you will allow them? Re-arranging the dining chairs round the table!"

swastikaHumans can be allowed to vote in elections

"What if they vote for the wrong man - Germans chose Hitler to lead them in the 1930s and that ended in war."

"We cannot let them control anything then."

"That will make them into robots - is that a good idea?"

"I think that humans should be allowed to choose how they live their lives and control them."

"That's called Free Will"

"That is the best thing - let them choose for themselves"

Humans can have the Free Will to choose for themselves

"But just supposing you do let the humans have free will. You let them choose for themselves how they live. And they make the wrong choices - instead of ending hunger, they are greedy and take all the food. And they argue after a football match and have fights - or worse, two countries have a war with each other. If YOU are the Supreme Power, and you let humans have Free Will, and they make wrong choices like that, what are you going to do about it?"

There was a brief pause, then one boy said

"I'd go down there, Miss, and tell them"


And I just stood there - not knowing what to say next, with a lump in my throat. I so wanted to say "But He did - He did come down and tell us, and we didn't listen, we crucified Him"...but of course, I have to be a professional teacher, and I am not allowed to evangelise in class. And anyway this was meant to be an introduction to Hinduism. I just said

"That sounds like a good plan. Now let's move on to the next question..."


I told a wise friend about it afterwards, and she said she felt it showed that children know some spiritual truths instinctively - and she was praying that somewhere along the line they would remember the lesson and make the connections for themselves. Amen to that.


  1. Those children are truly blessed to have a teacher who is a believer !!! I will pray that you will have opportunity to tell them about Jesus. God bless you Marie x

  2. You sound a wonderful teacher! We never had people like you in my school (far too many years ago for me to contemplate!!)

  3. I now have a lump in my throat too!

  4. That's why I love working with children. One day I'm sure the seed of insight will germinate then grow. You did the right thing showing grace and respect as well as helping them learn.


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