Monday, December 1, 2014

The gospel according to.......

We recently had our class visit from the catechist.
For those of you not in the know, it is an inspector of religious studies.

When I was going to primary school myself, in the last century, the visit of the catechist instilled the fear of God in us. Days were spent repeating prayers and rote learning of the answers to various questions in our religion book.
Nowadays it has gone in the opposite direction. You would be hard pressed to find the word "God" in their books.
Anyway, our catechist arrived, a lovely retired nun. Even more importantly, she had been a teacher so actually knew how to talk to the children and get the best out of them.

All was going swimmingly well until they had to retell their favourite Bible story.
One of my little second class girls started.........

One day Jesus and the lads went out in a boat.......

I looked up in horror, wondering how the nun was going to react. I know that in my day we would probably have been excommunicated for such blasphemy.
I saw her lips twitch as she tried to suppress a smile.

"You're dead right," she replied. "Jesus and the lads were in their boat. Now does anyone know another name for "the lads"?
We eventually got "the apostles", and the story continued.

We had a good laugh about it in the staffroom afterwards.
I just had visions of Jesus and the apostles heading off on a stag night to Dingle!


  1. I am surprised that this waste of educational time goes on in schools, considering that the precepts of christianity are not actually practised in this country or anywhere else.

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