by Pastor Jack Hyles (1926-2001)
(Chapter 10 from Dr. Hyle's excellent book, How To Rear Children)
Children should be encouraged to read a lot as soon as they have learned to do so. This is one of the most important factors in the rearing of a child. Of course, the wise parent will choose the books that the child reads. Perhaps the best books are biographies. These show what man has done as well as what he can do. They will also encourage the child to imitate great people and identify with them.
For years this author has placed biographies at the very top of his priority list. he has been influenced tremendously by the lives of great men such as Washington, Pasteur, Moody, Gariblaldi, Robert E. Lee, Billy Sunday, Charles G. Finney, and others.
the parent may consult his pastor for good reading material for his child. He should also investigate what the child is asked to read in the public schools, or for that matter, in any school. It is the responsibility of the mother and father to see to it that the child reads that which is proper, good, and moral. It is becoming increasingly more necessary for parents to approve every reading assignment that the child receives at the public school. Profane, immoral, and revolutionary books are require reading by public school teachers. Parents and parent groups should watch very carefully as forces of communism and indecency are making their way into the hearts of American children via the school teacher.
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