2. Public Schools Today Are Tightening Dress Standards While Some Churches Are Loosening Theirs. This is interesting to me. Dress codes are in. Low riding pants are out. Immodest dress is out. Many public schools in our day have stricter rules and standards than some churches and Christian schools of our day. They have found that dress standards and discipline have much to do with learning.
Our public school academics are sad. The test scores reveal a drop in our ranking among the world powers. All one has to do is to look at the pictures of public sporting events in 50's and 60's and you can easily see the difference. Is there a connection between dress and behavior? Is there a connection between dress and academics? Apparently some public schools think so!
In 1963 Mrs. Gray and I graduated, with 61 others, from Galesburg-Augusta High School of a small Southwestern Michigan town named Galesburg. Our school was a consolidated school system of Augusta and Galesburg, MI. This was a typical public school with typical public school activities.Actually our schools in those days were a strong reflection of a Judea-Christian influence that had existed for decades. The impact of the Bible was felt in our classroom as well as our morals.
I was introduced to the Holy Spirit and His work through Jack Hyles and John Rice. I was introduced to personal soul winning, holiness, Sunday school and the baptizing of converts immediately. Our church had no catechism phase for church membership. We did have graded Sunday schools as our discipleship program and it worked. Personal separation from the world made sense to me.
My spirit certainly bore witness with the Holy Spirit working through these men. My mind was transformed. At the same time it brought its own battles into my ministry. My mentors were not men who were conforming to the world around them, but transforming the world around them. The result battles.