I think we adults need to be careful downplaying any subject or skill in front of children.
Let's avoid making commentaries like-
Oh it's just art.
It's religion; it's not like it's a real class.
No one pays attention to grammar rules anymore anyway.
Believe me. In ten years it won't matter if you can figure out what X + Y means.
I've heard these types of statements in different situations.
..... from parents who don't understand how a child can earn a C in a religion class. (The disbelief is that a teacher would GIVE a student a C in religion.)
......from a parent who dismissed a negative behavior comment from an art teacher.
......from a tutor who thought my grammar emphasis was out of date.
Art IS the gift some children have.
Religion class IS where some students feel most at home.
Grammar skills offer many children a way to exercise their brains and hone their language skills so that they can become polished writers and effective speakers.
Some kids love analyzing words the same way others love to work out math problems.
I've heard from adults ..it's not like anyone cares if a verb is in the indicative mood or the subjunctive mood. (Accompanied by an eye roll.)
Actually. there ARE some kids who care, but if they hear US make comments like these, I bet they wont' care a whole lot anymore.
Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us,
each of us is to exercise them accordingly...Romans 12:6