I remember the time one of my kids came up to me after class looking serious.
“Hey, Stratopops? Hey, what? I…I want to be moved to 7th grade. Oh yeah? Why’s that? I’m in 7th grade in school, but I went to a Christian school last year, so this year I got put in your 6th grade class. Besides, I already know what you’re teaching. Oh…what am I teaching that you already know? The Bible, we learned it in Christian school. Hey, that’s great, you have a head start. So you already know what Melchizedek has to do with Mass? Well, we didn’t learn about Mass. Oh. How about Melchizedek, you already knew about him before we covered him a couple of weeks ago? No we didn’t have that. Oh. How about Isaac and Abraham? I know about them. Do you know what they have to do with Mass? No, we didn’t talk about Mass! Oh yeah, that’s right. How about Manoah and the angel? What? You know, Manoah, Samson’s daddy, and the angel? Y’all didn’t cover them I guess. Umm, no. Or how that angel is part of Mass? Uh-uh.
How about Passover? Yes! And what does Passover have to do with Mass? I don’t know. That’s ok, we’ll cover that later. And Moses and the bread and flesh in the desert? Yes! And how that fits in with Mass? We didn’t have that. Oh..how about sprinkling blood on the people, and mixing it with water and all that? We didn’t have that. Huh…we were learning about the Meeting Tent last week, didja know about it? Yes! Good! Do you already know how a Catholic Church is like the Tent? Huh? Never mind, we’ll get to that next week. Look, it’s ok with me if you move to 7th grade, it’s not my call anyway. But there’s a whole lot about the Bible and Mass and being Catholic that we’ll learn this year that you wouldn’t get in Christian school, and because you already know a lot of Bible stuff it’ll be interesting for you. So I think you oughta stay in my class.”
So- did this child stay in my class? Umm…I don’t remember.