Tuesday, March 22, 2005


Why We Chose The Heiskell School
March 22, 2005

Before I answer the “assigned question,” let me first thank you all for being here tonight. I suspect that you, committee members, have “volunteered” for service with SACS and I commend you for such a sacrificial way of spending your limited “free” time. Expending energy to improve education in Georgia is a grand way to place a stake in the future. I want to thank The Heiskell School for participating in the accreditation process. Submitting to this type of peer review is what makes you stand head and shoulders above others.

So, why did Ken and Dana Jago choose The Heiskell School? Precisely because it was SACS accredited! Honest! In a nutshell, about 18 years ago, when it came time to seek a partner in rearing our girls in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and it came down to choosing between Christian School A and Christian School B, the deciding factor was SACS accreditation, which Heiskell has maintained for many years.

But if I can hope for your attention for just a bit longer, I would like to answer an additional question – and that is, “Why did we continue to send our children to The Heiskell School for sixteen years?

In these days of micromanagement, parents have succumbed to micromanaging their children’s schooling as well. But here at Heiskell, we parents don’t have to micromanage. Our four daughters (God’s Most Valuable Players) were successful here and have continued to achieve success through their high school and college years precisely because Heiskell remains committed and steadfast to their foundational goal of training up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Prov 22:6) Education has been their business and excellence their standard. Their mission “to glorify God” is clear.

(Story about PTFs? And hearing the commitment/mission reiterated.)

Training a child is a long row to hoe. It is an act of faith, and therefore, somewhat difficult to explain. But I can offer a practical answer in the three R’s. And those are not reading, writing, and arithmetic. They are remembrance, recognition, and realization.

As promised in John 14, the Holy Spirit continually reminds Ken and me of God’s commands and Jesus’ teachings. He makes us remember many of the things that the Bible says and the Bible speaks about everything. We wanted our children to remember the things of the Bible, too (Deut 6:5-6). At The Heiskell School our children were taught continually what God’s Word says about whatever situation they might face, which He has brought back to their remembrance time and time again, especially now that they are older and into their teenaged years. This is why we chose a Christian school as our partner.

Then we recognized that Biblical principles (teachings and commands) were taught at The Heiskell School, where all subjects are taught from God’s point of view. It is a Biblical worldview. It’s not just math, science, and history with a few Bible verses thrown in. We recognized that Heiskell teachers know and serve the Lord. We recognized an atmosphere here that is protected by God because it is devoted to His will. These things are only recognized with spiritual eyes (I Cor 2:12)

Finally, we were able year after year to realize our educational goals at The Heiskell School. This was not a quick process. It involved the completion of one day at a time, one school year at a time. This might be a good time to tell you that we live 30 miles away from Heiskell, so each year we really did count the cost. We had realization that our decision was right because we saw our daughters growing in wisdom and stature (Luke 2:40). Through thick and thin, we were encouraged to keep our commitment to Christian schooling by both the teachers and the administrators, in addition to fellow parents.

Indeed, by using the Bible as the standard of excellence, by employing born again believers to teach knowledge from God’s perspective and by instilling Christian character traits as model behavior, The Heiskell School has been our faithful partner as Ken and I continue to prepare our children for a life of earthly service to their heavenly master. I look forward to their being able to make wise judgments for their own families and exercise dominion as Christian leaders in the 21st century.

Thank you.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

What Life Have You?

What life have you if you have not life together?
There is no life that is not in community,
And no community not lived in praise of GOD.
Even the anchorite who meditates alone,
For whom the days and nights repeat the praise of GOD,
Prays for the Church, the Body of Christ incarnate.
And now you live dispersed on ribbon roads,
And no man knows or cares who is his neighbor
Unless his neighbor makes too much disturbance,
But all dash to and fro in motor cars,
Familiar with the roads and settled nowhere
Nor does the familiy even move about together,
But every son would have his motorcycle,
And daughters ride away on casual pillions.

Much to cast down, much to build, much to restore;
Let the work not delay, time and the arm not waste:
Let the clay be dug from the pit, let the saw cut the stone,
Let the fire not be quenched in the forge.

T.S. Eliot (1888-1965)
American-born poet and Noel laureate
From *The Rock*