Deuteronomy 6:7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
The Scriptures should be taught to children. This passage speaks of teaching the Scriptures diligently to our children. This should take place not only in the Sunday school, but in the home. As a teacher I have learned that children can actually learn far more than we give them credit for. The earlier we begin, the sooner they become prepared to learn still more. It ought to be most obvious what the solution to our education achievement problems should be. The focus needs to be on the home. It is possible to teach children at home. When we teach them the Bible, that develops character in the child, and an interest in spiritual things. I taught high school during a period of significant change in Detroit. There was a period of significant “white flight” from the city. There was also an influx of minority students into the city. The teaching staff did not change appreciably for much of that period. But the new class of students were not able to learn at the level of the students who were there before them. What made the difference? I contend it was not a matter of race, but a matter of home background and culture. It got worse as misguided government policies stripped black families of their fathers. Many children consequently came from single-parent families. Some of the single parent heads of households were doing a terrific job of raising their children. But many single-parent mothers were struggling, though well-intentioned. At parent-teacher conferences I sometimes explained to them how to boost the achievement of their children. I explained to my high school students what to do in their own families once they got married and had their own children. I must say that more of the black families and students were tuned in to spiritual things than were the white families whose students I taught previously. The key is to follow God’s directions in the Bible. Bible reading in the home can vastly improve children’s reading and listening comprehension. Take time to read to children daily. That will make them more successful in school. If the children are led to the Lord at a young age, that will keep them on the right track morally and spiritually. Even when children reach their teen years, actually especially then, it is important to keep teaching them the Word of God. At that age, and often before, they can learn to study God’s Word on their own, and reach other young people for Christ.
For those who desire to DIG DEEPER into this subject:
(1) Consult the cross references given in Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible on page 186 for Deuteronomy 6:7.
(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on pages 204-205 or in Logos 5 Bible software for Deuteronomy 6:7.
(3) Lacking access to those two resources, consult the cross references for this passage as I have developed them as given below:
Deuteronomy 6:7. And thou shalt. ver. Dt 6:2. *Dt 4:9, 10. *Dt 11:19. +*Ge 18:19. Ex 12:26, 27. 13:14, 15. **Ps 78:4-6. *Ep 6:4. teach. Heb. whet, or sharpen. or, repeat. Dt 31:19. +Dt 32:41. Jb 8:10. Is 28:10. diligently. ver. Dt 6:17. **Jsh 1:8. He 11:6. children. ver. Dt 6:20. Dt 29:29. 31:12, 13. 32:46. +*Ex 13:8. **Ps 78:5-7. *Ps 145:4. +*Pr 22:6. Is 38:19. Jl 1:3. +*2 Tim 3:15. shalt talk. T#1073. ver. Dt 6:20. Ru 2:4, 12. 4:11. *Ps 37:30. *Ps 40:9, 10. 77:12. *Ps 105:2. **Ps 107:2. 119:46, 172. 129:8. *Pr 6:22. *Pr 10:21. *Pr 15:2, 7. **Ml 3:16. *Mt 12:35. *Lk 6:45. 24:14. *Ep 4:29. *Col 4:6. **1 P 3:15. in thine house. Ps 101:2.