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Mr. Hanko is a teacher at Hope Protestant Reformed School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. These are interesting times in the field of education. Once again there are reports that the American system of education is not doing its job. SAT test scores that measure students’ readiness for college are declining. Employers are complaining that graduates of high schools are not able to perform basic reading and computation that are required for them to hold jobs. Once again horror stories are being circulated about students who graduate from high school and are unable to read or write. Since this kind of...

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Mr. Hanko is a teacher at Hope Protestant Reformed School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. So here it’s report card time again. This is a hard time for teachers (ignoring for the moment that it’s also, often, a hard time for parents and students.) It’s not just that there’s a lot of work connected with averaging all those numbers so that I can put all those letters on the cards. What makes it hard is all the concern that goes along with those little letters. Every teacher wants to make those letters as fair and honest a reflection as possible of...

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Mr. Hanko is a teacher at Hope Protestant Reformed School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. These are interesting times in the field of education. Once again there are reports that the American system of education is not doing its job. SAT test scores that measure students’ readiness for college are declining. Employers are complaining that graduates of high schools are not able to perform basic reading and computation that are required for them to hold jobs. Once again horror stories are being circulated about students who graduate from high school and are unable to read or write. Since this kind of...

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Mr. Hanko is a teacher at Hope Protestant Reformed School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Bang! Pow! Johnny is busy repelling the alien enemy invaders. He does not even hear the call to dinner. When we finally go to get him, he snaps at us, “I can’t come now. Can’t you see “I’m setting a new record?” He remains totally concentrated on the game until it is over and Johnny has run up a record-breaking score. We wonder: why cannot Johnny show a fraction of such intensity upon his school work? Perhaps in the hope that education can become so absorbing,...

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Mr. Hanko is a teacher at Hope Protestant Reformed School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I am aware of the fact that many of you may argue with my title. You may well say, “The period now ended was not a Christian era.” I agree in a sense with such an objection, but I am sticking to my title anyway because I want to make a point that I consider extremely important: the times have so changed that any similarity between current moral standards and Christian moral standards is superficial at best. We are living in a world that has changed...

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Mr. Hanko was secretary of the RFPA at the time this report was presented to the Association last September. The RFPA has had its booth set up at several recent conventions of distributors of Christian books. There are hundreds of distributors who set up their displays of books, pamphlets, and CDs, as well as pictures, gadgets, and trinkets, all designed to promote the work of churches. A man who had observed many of these displays came finally to the little RFPA booth. After examining some of the RFPA materials, he said to those who staffed the booth, “Your material is...

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