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Scripture speaks often of the importance of humility in the life of a Christian. Christ himself, the greatest preacher and teacher to walk this earth, set forth a beautiful example of perfect humility. First Peter 5:5 teaches us to be subject one to another, and to be clothed with humility. Show from scripture the nature […]

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The Fear of the Unknown

Stress is something that is very evident in young people today. It is something that happens consistently throughout their day-to-day lives. Young people have a lot put on them with school, jobs, responsibilities at home, and commitments to other things, and it can be very easy to get stressed out and worry about things that […]

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What’s Next?

This is it. This is the class of 2015’s last year at high school. It is our last year with all the people we have grown up with, and now we each have to prepare for what comes next as we go our separate ways. This decision is our own; no one can make it […]

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A Promise of Loyalty – The Pledge of Allegiance

There are many ways to show patriotism. Every culture has different ways of showing loyalty to their country. There are songs, colors, flags, holidays, and pledges. Most countries have some form of a pledge of allegiance. There are different terms for a “pledge of allegiance”: loyalty oath, oath of allegiance, or an oath of citizenship. […]

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Beauty is Vain

Everyone at one time or another has heard the cliché phrase, “It doesn’t matter what you look like on the outside; it only matters what is on the inside.”  Whether it was heard from a parent, friend, or minister, truth is, deep down, everyone dreams of having the flawless body and a face with no […]

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Christianity and Capital Punishment

Capital punishment is the execution of a civilian by the state for some crime that the civilian has committed. Normally capital punishment is the punishment given to someone who has broken the sixth commandment, as found in Exodus 20:13 and Deuteronomy 5:17: “Thou shalt not kill.” The purpose of this commandment is “the preservation of […]

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Reading in the Primary Grades

Reading is one of the basic subjects in our curriculum, and its foundation is laid in the primary grades.  It is the task of the primary teachers to so equip a child with reading skills that he can go on using and applying these skills to his many other subjects.  It is so important for […]

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Making Geography Live

Generally, one could say that geography is a burdensome task for the average student.  It appears to be a boring, tiresome subject to most students, but why?  I would like to give some possible reasons for this problem. First of all, I think that geography tends to be stagnant.  To explain further – to the […]

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The Edgerton School System

The time is 8:30 on a cold wintery morning.  The school buses have been out for over two hours picking up the children from the area surrounding Edgerton, Minnesota.  They now deposit their precious cargo at the various schools in the town.  The last deposit is at the Free Christian School.  It is small, twenty-eight […]

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Musical Development of the Child

Teaching through playing is not substitute for the patient, rigorous individual training that must go on if a child is to become a competent instrumentalist. So many learning processes and so many delicate and complex coordinations are involved in the first piano lesson that it is little wonder that children soon become discouraged.  If, however, […]

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Degrading the Grades

One common purpose in any educational system of all teachers, Christian and non-Christian, is to educate each person to his fullest capacity, helping him to develop to the fullest extent of his potential: the teacher always guiding stimulating, and challenging his potential. Notice, this purpose is to develop his, that is, each particular child’s potential. […]

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Know Thyself?

Parents are subjective about their child.  The child is a part of themselves; an extension of themselves into the future.  This subjective viewpoint prevents parents from seeing some aspects of their child’s individuality.  They see what they would like others to see in themselves.  It is difficult for them to try to see their child […]

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Adam and Eve

Exactly what was the nature of the sin of our first parents?  Eve first sinned when she disobeyed God’s unspoken command that she love God and Adam.  She disobeyed God when she refused to call Adam to rebuke the tempter.  By refusing to call was that she became immediately a creature of darkness, totally depraved, […]

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Positive Direction

Punish your children when they continue in wrong doing.  Punish them even though it hurts you more than it does them.  Do not try to hide the pain in your heart when you do it.  Punish them thoroughly, finish it, do not stop short no matter how you dislike doing it.  And now you are […]

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Teaching – A Calling

Teaching is a privilege entrusted to many people of God.  Parents are called by God to instruct their children in the home.  This instruction begins at birth and continues to adulthood.  This is a task which cannot be done in their own strength, but only through grace and prayer.  Oh, too often we see the […]

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Teaching Patriotism

You may wonder, how does one teach patriotism or can patriotism be taught?  Are not the citizens of the country naturally loyal and patriotic to their own country?  Don’t children, growing up in a country, become loyal to their native land?  It seems to be a human characteristic that a person is loyal to the […]

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Professional Ethics in Education

This is March 1960. March is a most important month for the professional educator.  It is customary for school boards during this month to tender contracts to teachers employed to the different schools of our nation.  School boards and teachers must then make definite decisions.  The school board must consider the problem of staffing its […]

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The Social Studies Program

The term “social studies” when used to designate certain school subjects is of comparatively recent origin. Although first used in 1916 it is in recent years that it has become the accepted term by which the school subjects which deal with human relationships are known. Included in it are history, geography, civics, economics, sociology, political […]

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Reading Development

“My child learned his alphabet from the cereal boxes on the breakfast table.” “Isn’t it wonderful the way they can learn their catechism almost entirely by themselves when they are in the second grade?” Teachers have repeatedly heard these two statements from parents. Did the child gradually see the connection between the isolated letters of […]

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