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Teacher Has Her 3rd Grade Students Asking Questions To God And Their Letters Are Beautifully Innocent

Teacher Has Her 3rd Grade Students Asking Questions To God And Their Letters Are Beautifully Innocent

Jean Piaget, the Swiss pioneer of child development, thought that children were incapable of having a true concept of God; they just thought of him as a supersized, magical version of their parents. More recent studies have expanded on this, showing that significant differences detected between younger and older children support the view that children under 10 or 11 years of age are unable to formulate an abstract conceptual framework demanded for an adequate concept of God.

Recently, a 3rd-grade teacher proved this by asking her students to write a letter to God. The little ones penned hilariously innocent messages, putting their naive notion of the supreme being on full display.

The letters probably would have gone under the radar but Twitter user @GospelJosiah somehow obtained and shared them with the rest of the Internet.

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One of the most controversial works in modern religious education is that of Goldman who assessed the general “readiness” of children to acquire certain religious concepts by having children respond to his Picture and Story Religious Test. The test consists of three pictures and three Bible stories. 

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The results were similar to the ones we mentioned previously. “The significance of Goldman’s stage delineation lies in its application to religious education,” W. Chad Nye and Jerry Carlson explained. “He suggested that children should not receive formal Bible instruction before 10 or 11 years of age.” This position was defended with the argument that religious thinking is formed at a very abstract level and beyond the young child’s developmental ability.

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