Our CCD director, Pamela, had some good and bad news for me on Wednesday evening. Apparently I have been working from an old schedule of classes and thought we still had two more class session remaining. I was wrong. We had class on Wednesday, but then our next class on April 18 will be the final class of the year. That means that this week’s class was really the last one that we would realy be able to teach anything.
Last year, I would have done a “happy dance” up and down the hallways, but this year, I was actually a little disappointed.
First, I really like this class of 5th graders. They have their moments, but they are generally fun to teach. They are energetic and have good attitudes. We have some interesting discussions.
The second reason for my disappointment was that I had scheduled a two class-session to cover the Ten Commandments. This subject was not actually in our curriculum in the new texts we began using this year. However, it was such an interesting topic and generated so much discussion in past years, I decided to include it anyway.
Among the questions that usually come up are good meat for discussion like:
–The first commandment warns us to not worship false gods. Here in the 21st century, what are some of the false gods that some people worship? (ie: money, celebrities, fame, drugs, alcohol, etc.)
–What does it mean to take the Lord’s name in vain? Does “Oh, my God!” count?
–Why do Catholics celebrate the Sabbath on Sunday rather than Saturday?
–What are Catholics’ obligation to honor the Sabbath?
–Why do most Protestant religions count the commandments different than Catholics?
–Why would God make it a commandment to honor your parents?
–Regarding the commandment “Thou shall not kill”, what about war, self defense, accidents, negligence, mental illness, etc?
–What is adultery? Does it also apply to boyfriends and girlfriends?
–What does it mean to “bear false witness? Does it mean any lie? What about gossip or rumors?
–Who are the “neighbors” it refers to?
–What does “covet” mean? What is the difference between admiring something that your friend owns, and coveting it?
And so on. Anytime I can get the kids to maybe think of something they haven’t considered before, I hope I’m having some impact.
So on Wednesday, we had a pretty interesting class, but there was the pressure of getting through all ten of the commandments in the roughly 50 minutes we had to work with. Before next year, I’ll learn how to read a calendar.
Good times, CCD classes! I remember them well.