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At the conclusion of our previous installment we had begun to speak of the salary question in connec­tion with the solution of the teacher problem. Our first remarks concerned the subject of the proper at­titude to be assumed by both parents and teachers in regard to this matter of salaries. On the one hand, we warned against an over pious attitude of expecting the teachers to “sacrifice for a kingdom cause”. And on the other hand, We emphasized that our teachers must not be materialistic.

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At the conclusion of our previous article we promis­ed to continue our discussion on the subject of solving the problem of obtaining teachers qualified to teach in our Protestant Reformed schools by suggesting cer­tain stop-gap or emergency measures which should be taken as long as we lack the regular facilities to train our own teachers. To this task we now address ourselves.

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The reader will remember that after a few in­troductory remarks concerning the necessity of our own teacher training facilities, and after mentioning a few of the various aspects of this problem of teach­er training, we made a beginning in our last article of recording the history that has been made in this respect, in as far as we could glean it from the Acts of Synod, beginning with 1948. (Incidentally, it is very well possible that our school boards have put forth other efforts than those which are mentioned in our Acts of Synod.

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In the last issue of our magazine we reproduced and translated an article from the pen of J.L. Struik, found in the Reformatie of June 21, 1952, on the sub­ject “What Now Is Really Christian Education?” The same writer also furnishes a brief answer to the ques­tion, “Is Christian Instruction Different in Every­thing?” Before offering our comments we present also this article, since it deals with a closely related question. Mr. Struik writes as follows (translation mine, H.C.H.):

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