Joyous Learning

With the beginning of each school term, thousands of pupils turn their thoughts toward learning. Many of them look forward with anticipation to the coming months, but others approach their studies with a sense of inadequacy and consequent fear and dread. Through the teachings of Christian Science, many pupils are learning how to free themselves from such restrictions. In proportion as they learn that Mind is God and that God is likewise divine Principle, Love, and is therefore giving freely of His wisdom to all His children, they master their school subjects.

A student of Christian Science who was a teacher in the fourth grade had an inspiring proof of the liberating power of these truths. She was to teach a group of children who had never been able to do arithmetic. It was only too apparent that the class had accepted the false conclusions adopted about it. Moreover, the standard city tests, always given at the beginning and end of the term, showed that the children were below the grade standard in every operation, and the class median was a year and a half below the grade.

The teacher refused to allow her thinking to be mesmerized by the evidence of backwardness. Striving to know that the divine Mind instructs, guides, and governs she was led to say and do the things which brought clarity and appreciation to the subject. As the children were encouraged to apply themselves in doing the examples which they knew, they began to see that there was nothing terrifying in the arithmetic itself.

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Enlisting for the Duration
August 21, 1943

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