Emotions in the classroom

Neither the four walls of a classroom nor any other place is outside God's kingdom, because teaching in its most enlightened sense is a function of the Christ, whose messages are irresistible.

Teachers and pupils who do not know that, in their true selfhood, they express God may feel pressured by their reliance on human personality for the ability to teach and to learn. The resulting confusion may breed conflicting wills, emotional outbursts, or sullen resentment. By recognizing man's true spiritual identity we can eliminate false pictures of petulant, unjust, and ineffective teachers or of agitated and dull pupils. Confidence in Mind enables us to meet demands in the classroom or elsewhere. The Christ lifts mankind out of ignorance, to spiritual understanding.

Teachers should see through superficial mortal defects—recognize themselves and their pupils as actually God's intelligent ideas, rather than as limited mentalities separate from the divine. Similarly, learning is facilitated when students recognize their teachers' actual self as the expression of Truth. Exercising our spiritual sensibilities, unbounded by personal impressions, will necessarily lead to clearer views of man and to positive results such as those Paul mentions: "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." Gal. 5:22,23;

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