He that teacheth his son grieveth the enemy: and before his
friends he shall rejoice of him.
Many teach their children about worldly politics, others
teach them to speak foreign languages: French, German, Italian, and in this
spend no trifling sums. Others endeavor to teach them commerce and other arts.
But hardly anyone teaches them to live in a Christian manner. However, without
this, all learning is nothing and all wisdom is madness. For what does it profit
a Christian to speak Italian, French and German, if he lives in an ungodly
manner? What use is it to be skilled in commerce and the arts if one lacks the
fear of God? God will not ask you whether you taught your children French,
German or Italian or the politics of social life--but you will not escape divine
reprobation for not having instilled goodness into them. I speak plainly but I
tell the truth: if your children are bad, your grandchildren will be worse, and
the evil will thus increase...and the root of all this is our thoroughly bad
education -- St. Tikhon of
Have great care of your children. We live at a time when much freedom is given to the expression of thought, but little care is taken that thoughts should be founded on truth. Teach them to love truth. --Elder Macarius of Optina[OA/_private/oabot.htm]