It seems clear that there is no single ideal lesson. Rather, it is the range of experiences which collectively contribute to a healthy and well-rounded education.
When I think about my own life and faith, I believe that this also can also be enriched through a range of experiences. Over the years, numerous people have used the book of Psalms as a window into different life experiences. It is possible to find Psalms that link to many circumstances. Phil Yancey once noted that people often turn to a Psalm to find comfort in their own situation; 'If you feel depressed, read Psalm 37; if your health fails, try Psalms 121' . Although this can be helpful, I wonder if, just as students benefit from a broad range of well-designed lessons, my own faith may be enriched by making sure that I reflect on a broad range of Psalms. For example, if I spend my time focused only on Psalm 23 ('The Lord is my shepherd..') and ignore Psalm 22 ('…my God, why have you forsaken me?..'), or vice versa, my understanding of God and the world may become limited.
As we reach the end of a busy first term, I am thankful for the rich tapestry of 'lessons' that our students have experienced this term. Whilst many formative lessons have taken place though camps, excursions, performances and sporting events, I am thankful that they have also taken place in quiet moments in classroom settings, sometimes welcomed and sometimes uncomfortable; sometimes with other students and sometimes in isolation; sometimes as an 'aha' moment and sometimes through patient practice, leading to a future mastery of a talent still in the making.