A parent-teacher conference I'll never forget

All of a sudden, we were in a deep conversation about God.

As the school term drew to a close, I had one last opportunity to meet my daughter's teacher at a parent-teacher conference. Though I greatly respected her knowledge, qualifications, and rich cultural background, I didn't know her well. My impression from the few exchanges we'd had wasn't one of warmth or particular connectedness to the students.

On the way to the conference, I listened to a cassette tape of some children talking about how they turn to God for healing. Their simple accounts were touching and powerful. By the time I reached the school, I was filled with gratitude for God's goodness and for the way He takes care of all His children.

My meeting with the teacher began with a review of the skills the class had covered during the term. Then, to my surprise, she launched into a lengthy monologue about a recently published study. It explained the brain as a collection of compartments, each responsible for different kinds of learning and each activated by certain environmental stimuli. The study said that effective learning won't occur until these compartments are stimulated.

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