The Lesson

My friend Nick sent me this by e-mail:

Then Jesus took his disciples up the mountain and gathering them around him taught them saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn.
Blessed are the merciful.
Blessed are they that thirst for justice.
Blessed are you when you suffer.
Be glad and rejoice for your reward will be great for you in Heaven.”

Then Simon Peter said, ‘Do we have to write this down?’
And Andrew said, ‘Are we supposed to know this?’
And Philip said, ‘I don’t have any paper.’
And Bartholomew said, ‘The other disciples didn’t have to learn this.’
And John said, ‘Do we have to hand this in?’
And Matthew said, ‘Can I go to the toilet?’
And Judas said, ‘What has this to do with real life?’

Then one of the Pharisees, who was present to watch Jesus’s lesson, asked to see Jesus’s lesson plan and enquired of him, “Where is your anticipatory set of objectives in the cognitive domain? May I see your differentiated scheme of work? How are you going to assess the criteria required to fulfil the objectives required of the National Curriculum?”

And Jesus wept.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.