Here’s a little photo I took as I rode my Villo! bike through Brussels yesterday. It may be unwise and a little dangerous but the view is impressive.
Exam time started today! And exams here in Belgium are serious business. Already last year when Sinéad and Silas were in grade 2 and 4 they had quite serious end of year exams that many children stress about. This year Olivia (grade 6) and Orien (grade 8) have significant exams that could leave them with extra work for the summer or the chance to do their grade over. If you’re Canadian, you can’t relate to this type of exam stress until grade 12 or university.
The good news is that our children are developing good study habits at a very young age and that they are excelling in their exams. The bad news is the high levels of stress and expectation put on the children across the system. Students are not affirmed, they’re simply relieved if they pass. The high numbers of people on stress related sickness is an indication that the pressure of school continues into the work life. Many people need healing from sustained distress. Come Lord Jesus!
Thanks for praying for our children and please also pray for our friends here – that they would be free from the need to perform. We are trying to be lights of encouragement in a culture of shaming.