Sitting at the tables at which their children might have eaten six hours prior, parents talk in pairs, trios, and foursomes throughout the Starkey Elementary cafeteria. Art projects of fictional characters line the windows—Minnie Mouse, the Lorax, Harry Potter, and others—watching over the parents.
Happily standing in the front of the 25 parents is Brent Davis, Children’s Pastor of Impact Christian Fellowship in Kerrville.
“Now which of these is true and remarkable about how people drink their morning tea in Argentina?” Brent quizzes the clustered crowd, “They make it last at least an hour, they share the same cup and spoon, or they use one-ounce cups because of the potency?” Parents choose their answer by raising their hands.
The answer is that they share the same cup and spoon. Only four hands were raised for that choice.
Brent is introducing tonight’s class on Raising Highly Capable Kids, one of the class facilitators alongside Marjorie Dixon, Amanda Martin, Krista Copeland, and Pam Bowyer. The point of the quiz (about 10 questions on gestures and traditions in foreign countries) is to consider social norms and how, when we aren’t raised to understand them, they might as well be foreign.
From the hallway occasionally echo screams and laughter: reminders of the reason these parents are all here, to help their children grow into the best people they could be—to be difference-makers. Volunteer childcare workers from the H. E. Butt Foundation, Impact Christian Fellowship, Starkey Elementary, and Talley Elementary watch the kids while the parents are in class.
Tonight’s class is on social competency, titled, “Session Nine: Like Facebook, Only Better.”
After the intro, the other leaders of the class rotate in leading interactive discussion, starting with a hypothetical case study of a teenage girl’s increasingly antisocial behavior, and eventually transitioning into parents expressing and relating their experiences and goals in raising their children.