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shall conduct reading and writing contests every Friday morning, placing the winner at the head of the class.
The teacher may also collect monthly sample work sheets showing the date and the signature of the pupil. These work sheets are to be presented to the board members at their regular school inspection visits. The teacher must instruct arithmetic according to age and ability, since it is obvious that proper solution of mathematical problems requires a mature mind and can only be undertaken at the advanced level.
4. The teacher shall make it his main objective to instruct religion. The text books to be used are the Bible, Biblical History and Catechism, which shall be thoroughly explained to the pupils. Man's downfall and redemption through the suffering, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Every teacher must follow the example of Philip, Acts 8: 29-31, where it says "Go near and join thyself to this chariot. And Philip ran hither to him and heard him read the prophet Esaias and said, understandest thou what thou readest? And he said, how can I except some man should guide me?" . It is therefore the teacher's obligation to explain scripture clearly to the pupils.
Every Friday afternoon the teacher should have available written material such as letters and articles and have the pupils read them to test their ability. Thus, Friday afternoon could be taken up in reading letters, writing sentences correctly on the slate, mental arithmetic, Catechism and singing. Since obedience of children both to the teacher in school, as well as the parents at home is obligatory, the teacher should stress its importance to the pupils in order to assure that they will grow up to be God fearing and peace loving Christians.
5. When circumstances permit, it is desirable for teachers to visit each others schools. This would give them an opportunity to discuss mutual problems, for the benefit of the less proficient teachers and result in more uniform operation of schools.
6. Teachers are required to keep an attendance record of the pupils, which shall be made available to the visiting trustee for inspection (such visits shall be made at least twice during each winter). Parents who neglect to send their children to school without just cause, or even insubordination, will be required to give an account to the congregation.
7. Pupils must attend classes regularly and as far as possible appear neat and tidy.
They must obey the teacher as they obey their parents at home. Text books in our schools are limited to the Bible, Testament, Catechism and Fibel (primer).
8. The teacher shall discipline the pupils without showing favoritism and shall have the right to punish laziness in learning, according to his judgement. However, punishment should not be too harsh, or applied in anger or vengeance. When arguments occur between pupils, the teacher shall determine guilt and admonish both parties to forgive and reconcilia tion. If the teacher neglects any of these points he will be subject to give an account as outlined in paragraph 6.
9. And lastly, we would add to this decree as follows: Since the government has given us full control over our school affairs, we should be all the more determined to support the schools. We know from experience that the success of our schools is reflected in our church. If we drift away from the true faith and accept myths, we undermine our church to a point of collapse. To avoid interruption of our private school system, married couples as well as single persons who own property within the area and are members of our church, are obliged to share the expense of operating the school according to mutual agreement, based either on an amount per quarter section of land (which would be of advantage to large families who do not own land), or calculated in proportion to the number of children. This decision rests with each school area, but every member should feel an obligation to carry his fair share of the cost of maintaining the schools, in order so as not to contribute to the disintegration of our private school system.
The school trustee shall collect the dues and pay the teacher's salary. Children aged 6 to 12 and 14 years, shall be considered of school age. The school term shall be from October