The Two R’s in February.
My little first grader came home with a list of the months of the year to memorize. He was repeating them to me in their order and spelling them. I corrected him with his mistaken spelling of the second month.
He pronounced it again with the common midwestern pronunciation, and then he spelled, “F E B U A R Y.”
“I know that’s how most people pronounce it, but that’s not how it’s spelled,” I said plainly.
But he was adamant that he had copied it exactly the way it was written on the board by his teacher. I was just as certain he had made a mistake while writing it down on his paper. This was not a matter of him being right or wrong, it became a matter of who knew the correct spelling of the word…his mother or his teacher. The look on the face of my six-year-old already told me he was siding with the one who was now teaching him everything new and exciting. She was his inspiration, and he was certain she knew better than his mother.
I wanted him to trust his teacher to teach him the correct things, but now I would be more cautious to accept her knowledge without checking what was being taught. I wrote a kind note to his teacher asking her to check the correct spelling of February, as written on her board. I wrote it because I knew I was right. When he arrived home from school that day, he said his teacher had corrected the board and made note of such to the children. February has two R’s.
Something else has been misrepresented to most children – something fundamental that shapes the way they think about and learn those fundamentals. From the time they watch their first video about sea life, animals, geography, or even history, they are told, as if it is a fact, that the naturalistic and evolutionary beginning of life is truth.
My son’s teacher did not say that the spelling of February was incorrect; she just said the spelling was Febuary, and presented it as fact. When the naturalistic or evolutionary view is presented alongside the known facts about such things as sea life, animals, geography or history, they don’t have to say anything about Genesis being fictitious, erroneous, or even an allegory. The simple presentation of information as being scientific fact, without the statements of disclaimer that they are truly without empirical scientific proof or have far reaching naturalistic assumptions, makes it accepted as fact for the young learner. That is too bad because there is increasing scientific evidence* that is supportive of the biblical worldview of the Genesis account of creation.
Genesis, however, is the “historical evidence” that remains constant. If we throw out the beginning or foundation of that historical record, we must also throw out the recorded perfection in original creation, the recorded account of the disobedience and fall of Adam and Eve and the resulting curse upon the earth, the massive destruction of a world-wide flood, and the beginning of a nation of people through whom the Messiah would come. We would need to throw out any of the working of God in the lives of men, His love for them, and His plan for their redemption. We would need to throw out our belief in that historical evidence. We would need to throw out our belief in the God of the Bible.
If you are a person who believes the historical evidence written in Genesis, has personally experienced the working of God in your life, and has a hope for a future, it might be time to check and correct even the most innocuous sounding videos and captions of pictures inundated with “billions of years” evolutionary explanations that your children are mentally bombarded with from the early grades of most educational systems.
Pronouncing February as FEBUARY certainly does not make it spelled that way – no matter how many people pronounce it that way. February still has two R’s.
* Scientific evidence that fits a biblical world view (especially of origins) has grown exponentially and is reported in books and media by scientists and specialists that believe the Bible. Articles on the subject can be found at www.creation.com, www.icr.org, and www.answersingenesis.org. As part of our biblical creation training, we recommend online use of the search window at creation.com as an easy way to review many articles on the subject.