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The surest weapon against bad ideas

Proverbs and Quotations “The only sure weapon against bad ideas is BETTER IDEAS.” A. Whitney Griswold My Comment: One source of the best ideas is the Bible. You can find good ideas in many well-written books. In my teaching career … Continue reading

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Sharpen your focus

Proverbs and Quotations “One of the gravest perils which besets the ministry is a restless scattering of energies over an amazing multiplicity of interests which leaves no margin of time and of strength for receptive and absorbing communion with God.” … Continue reading

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On Reading

Proverbs and Quotations “Resolve to edge in a little reading every day, if it is but a single sentence. If you gain fifteen minutes a day, it will make itself felt at the end of the year.”  Horace Mann My … Continue reading

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My Reading Crusade, Part 10

Probably the newspaper article about “Jerome Smith’s Reading Crusade” came out too soon, before the program could be reproduced for distribution. The article generated wide interest at the time. My school principal, Dr. Miller, said my work helps students, especially … Continue reading

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My Reading Crusade, Part 9

After nearly five years off teaching, my doctor cleared me to return to teaching. I was assigned a position to teach English at Denby High School. I made some use of my already prepared teaching materials to supplement the regular … Continue reading

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My Reading Crusade, Part 8

I saw the electronics teacher walking to school, and he must have seen much of what happened. The drafting teacher just pulled into the parking lot to park next to my car. Both teachers united to give chase to the … Continue reading

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My Reading Crusade, Part 7

When the principal of Southeastern High School called me into his office and asked me if I would be willing to take a new position as Reading Specialist, I said “No.” Not long after, he called me to his office … Continue reading

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My Reading Crusade, Part 6

Upon my return from Gainesville, Florida, I began teaching world history and American history at Southeastern High School. I was blessed to have a very kind and understanding department head, Mr. Bill Mercer. He brought me a box containing 8 … Continue reading

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My Reading Crusade, Part 5

During the time I was developing and validating my reading program, various publishers of programmed instruction resources were entering contracts promising great success to schools who would use their materials. I noticed that most programs did not live up to … Continue reading

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My Reading Crusade, Part 4

The chemistry teacher and I had both written separate articles about the effectiveness of using programmed instruction materials to assist students in science learning. After the articles had been published, we were both invited to make presentations at a science … Continue reading

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