Several years ago our family sat around the dining room table visiting with a longtime friend. She has been an enthusiastic supporter of our family business since day one, which is soon to be 23 years ago. Our friend is now a retired public school teacher. However, at the time, she was still involved in public education. As we visited, she asked what others of our friends have asked, “Could you break into the public school market?”
As we shared our hearts, she quickly understood our commitment to teaching history from a Christian worldview. During that conversation, I explained that we want to teach children’s hearts and souls and not only their minds.
Our trademarked slogan for what defines Notgrass History was born in that conversation. Here it is in six succinct words:
Teaching the Heart, Soul, and Mind
At the root of the question of how children should be educated is an understanding of who children are. They are human beings created in the image of God. Each child has a body, a heart, a mind, and a soul. To leave out the education of any aspect of a human being is short-sighted.
Each child has the precious opportunity to stand before Jesus someday to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Any education that does not prepare them for that day, which is of far greater importance than the questions on anyone’s standardized test, is short-sighted–with an eternal definition of short-sighted.
Every child deserves an “eternal-sighted” education.
This is the promise which He Himself made to us:
1 John 2:25