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School Life in Northern Ireland

School life begins at the age of four or five when one would enter a primary school. The first seven years of education are done in grades P1 to P7 (preparatory one to preparatory seven). At the age of ten or eleven, one would take his eleven plus (11+) test. This is an aptitude test […]

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I was raised in the Protestant Reformed Churches and educated, kindergarten through twelfth grade, in our PR Christian schools.  Following high school, I spent four years at a Christian college.  When I later returned to school to get my teacher certification, I attended a public university, where I was required to do my teacher assisting […]

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The Decline of Excellence: A Proneness Toward Mediocrity

The public schools of the U.S. are under fire! But, why? Do you recognize the apathy and disorder of this classroom in your school? I hope not. “Morning at a West Coast high school. The first-period bell rings, barely audible above the classroom din. ‘O.K., everybody settle down,’ says the soft-spoken teacher of the course […]

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What’s Worth Knowing?

The question raised in the title above is much on the minds of contemporary educa­tors. The American system of education has come under attack from many quarters because it is claimed that what is taught — the knowledge dispensed — is not worth knowing. It is completely irrelevant. I called attention to such a critic, […]

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Sex Education in the Schools

One of the controversies raging in the country today is the controversy concerning the teaching of sex in the schools. Many public schools have already introduced courses in sex education and others are planning to do so. Organizations are being formed, some in support of the thing, some violently opposed to it. Those that support […]

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Protestant Reformed Education – A Unique Enterprise

Prof. Hanko presented this lecture, sponsored by the Protestant Reformed High School Circle, at Hope PRC on September 23, 1965 Introduction: When the committee discussed with me the topic for this speech, they made clear in the first place that they did not want a speech which spoke of the need of a Protestant Reformed […]

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The Christian’s Place in Public Education

Within the last few years, many Christian graduates have taken their place in the public educational system of this country assured that they will be able to serve the Lord better than in Christian institutions.  This is partly due to the influence of a particular theory, which holds that teaching is among other things, a […]

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Modernism (5): In Education

Lifting the Lid . . . The major purpose of building schools and colleges during the colonial period of our history and well into the nineteenth century was to instruct students in the Christian Religion. Many of our large universities such as Yale, Columbia, Harvard, and others were begun for this very purpose. The primary […]

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