In selecting teachers we should use every precaution, knowing that this is as solemn a matter as the selecting of persons for the ministry. Wise men who can discern character should make the selection, for the very best talent that can be secured is needed to educate and mold the minds of the young and to carry on successfully the many lines of work that will need to be done by the teacher in our church schools. No person of an inferior or narrow cast of mind should be placed in charge of one
of these schools. Do not place over the children young and inexperienced teachers who have no managing ability, for their efforts will tend to disorganisation. Order is heaven's first law, and every school should in this respect be a model of heaven.
To place over young children teachers who are proud and unloving is wicked. A teacher of this stamp will do great harm to those who are rapidly developing character. If teachers are not submissive to God, if they have no love for the children over whom they preside, or if they show partiality for those who please their fancy and manifest indifference to those who are less attractive or to those who are restless and nervous, they should not be employed; for the result of their work will be a loss of souls for Christ.
Teachers are needed, especially for the children, who are calm and kind, manifesting forbearance and love for the very ones who most need it. Jesus loved the children; He regarded them as younger members of the Lord's family. He always treated them with kindness and respect, and teachers are to follow His example. They should have the true missionary spirit, for the children are to be trained to become missionaries. They should feel that the Lord has committed to them as a solemn trust the souls of the children and youth. Our church schools need teachers who have high moral qualities, those who can be trusted, those who are sound in the faith and who have tact and patience, those who walk with God and abstain from the very appearance of evil. In their work they will find clouds. There will be clouds and darkness, storms and tempests, prejudice to meet from parents who have incorrect ideas of the characters which their children should form; for there are many who claim to believe the Bible, while they fail to bring its principles into the home life. But if the teachers are
constant learners in the school of Christ, these circumstances will never conquer them.
Let parents seek the Lord with intense earnestness,
that they may not be stumbling blocks in the way of their
children. Let envy and jealousy be banished from the
heart, and let the peace of Christ come in to unite, the
members of the church in true Christian fellowship. Let
the windows of the soul be closed against the poisonous
malaria of earth, and let them be opened heavenward to
receive the healing rays of the sunshine of Christ's
righteousness. Until the spirit of criticism and suspicion is
banished from the heart, the Lord cannot do for the
church that which He longs to do in opening the way
for the establishment of schools; until there is unity, He
will not move upon those to whom He has entrusted
means and ability for the carrying forward of this work.
Parents must reach a higher standard, keeping the way
of the Lord and practising righteousness, that they may
be light bearers. There must be an entire transformation of
mind and character. A spirit of disunion cherished in the
hearts of a few will communicate itself to others and undo
the influence for good that would be exerted by the school.
Unless parents are ready and anxious to co-operate with
the teacher for the salvation of their children, they are
not prepared to have a school established among them.