Confirmation class *is* tough. On the other hand, imagine how parents would fulfill their Christian duty to train up their children in the Word of God, *without* confirmation class, or any help at all from their pastor! That would be quite a bit harder, I think.
Pastor Paul McCain writes an active Weblog, in which a recent post tells of how hard it was for parents in Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel, circa 1569. It puts our own struggles in perspective, and reminds us why they are so important. You can read it at his blog, [Cyberbrethren](http://cyberbrethren.typepad.com/cyberbrethren/2007/09/neglect-the-cat.html).