My wife conveyed to me some comments made by a friend whom is teaching grade 6 PREP (does every parish call it that? Parish Religious Education Program). The teacher comments that these grade 6’ers know very little about their faith (after having 6 years of PREP and going through first communion). Here are some examples of the Q/A that happens in the class:
Q: Who were the first people to sin? … silence … one student offers “Mary & Joseph” as an answer.
Q: Who is the Messiah? … no answer.
Q: Do you know the story of David & _____?" (fill in the blank) … silence … the teacher offers a hint “It starts with a ‘G’”. one student answers “Jesus?”
The teacher is quite discouraged. Calling parents about the lack of effort (if any) in homework assignments, usually results in “He’s just too busy”. And these kids will be having their confirmation next year!
Any ideas on how he can motivate these students?