Campaign Central

by Judy Ness

The halls at Genesis Classical Academy are abuzz with excitement! It is election season, and the campaigns have begun. Very soon, students in grades 2 – 8 at GCA will be electing their very first Student Council.

The students had many good questions as the concepts of student government and elections were explained last week at opening convocation. Who can run for elected office? What are the job duties of the President, Vice President, and Secretary? Who gets to vote? If I run for office, can I vote for myself?

There were also a few misconceptions to be cleared up—no, the Student Council cannot extend recess, change the uniforms, or abolish homework. And yes, the Secretary keeps the minutes—but that has nothing to do with the hands on a clock.

The excitement is palpable. The would-be officers and representatives are recruiting their campaign committees, formulating campaign pledges, making posters, and writing speeches. So many students want to run for office that we may need a primary to narrow the field. I guess we should not be surprised—at Genesis Classical Academy we are intentionally forming leaders, and our students are excited about the opportunities and ready to step up to the challenge.

“You may regret letting this genie out of the bottle,” I quipped to Mrs. Doyle, our headmaster. “Power without maturity or wisdom is dangerous.”

“True,” she responded. “But better for us to shape them now, than they, later, wrongly shape the world.”

Mrs. Doyle asked the students, “What characteristics should a person have to be a good leader?” “Smart. A good listener. Kind. Organized. Humble,” replied the students.

Humble. “That’s interesting,” I thought. “Not always a characteristic we would associate with leadership.”

And yet, we want the students to understand that leadership is about much more than having power—true leadership is about being willing to serve. And the best model of servant leadership is that of Jesus, our Savior.

Who, being in very natureGod,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—
        even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:6-11 NIV

Representative government is a heady concept. Students at Genesis Classical Academy are learning that this is a gift that many people throughout the world do not have, and this freedom comes with responsibility. We must not take the freedom to be self-governed for granted.

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Judy Ness is a business owner, former teacher, and a passionate supporter of Genesis Classical Academy in Winnebago, Minnesota. She and her husband James have 3 adult children and 4 grandchildren.They count among their blessings the wonderful education that their grandchildren are receiving at Genesis.