“Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark.” – George Iles
Someone once shared an experience with me about his children, going to a secondary school here in Toronto. He mentioned that he had some issues with one of the teachers, who was penalizing the children for mentioning words of their beliefs and faith in the class. In fact, the teacher also mentioned that there was no such thing as Santa Claus, so it would be another penalty if any of the children discussed it. During a Parent-Teacher Association night, he had a pretty dynamic discussion about this kind of approach with the teacher. It seemed that they could not see eye to eye on the subject, so he asked that his child transfer to another school.
He mentioned to me that children should be given the right to believe in something, to have faith in something. Because without belief, there is no hope.