In the present day world Science is one of the most important subjects for discussion.

Everybody must study Science. We must begin it in the primary department of our schools. The world at large is becoming alarmed and fearful. We have taken the science students out of our universities and given them a gun to carry. Now we must rectify our mistake by searching out of our schools all those who are a bit scientifically inclined. The main reason is to get ahead of our dreaded enemy – Russia. They do not understand that there will always be a Russia even if we should subdue this one, because man must become more fearful as the end of the world draws nigh and the signs of the times become more evident.

It is said that in the next twenty years the country’s need for scientists will double, and that our hope rests on today’s high‑schoolers. Inducements must be made now to interest them in science.

Science has always lured youth. The efforts being made by this country to increase youngsters’ interest in science is the greatest ever seen on the face of the earth – with one exception. That exception is Soviet Russia, which graduates twice as many scientists and engineers as we do. Science in schools there is a must in their educational program; in ours it is only voluntary.

Help is therefore being extended to youth all over the country. Some of our universities give summer jobs to high school boys and girls talented in science and mathematics. Their salaries help them meet first year college expenses and introduce them to books and other material on science. Under a New York City Board of Education program, thirty high school students spent the summer as assistants to industrial engineers and scientists at $50 a week. Some 15,000 industrial organizations are concerned with research, and they could attract and aid 100,000 gifted youths.

Student employment programs similar to O.R.O.’s have proved their worth at Dow Chemical Co. in Texas and Michigan, at the National Bureau of Standards, Washington, D. C., and at Hughes Aircraft Co. in Culver City, California.

One group of high school students was handed a man-sized research problem: “If the Soviet Union made an all-out thermonuclear attack on the United States, how would radioactive fallout affect the Eastern seaboard?” This was part of a study O.R.O. was doing for the army. There was much work connected with this but the youngsters liked it.

In attracting youngsters to Science, surveys indicate that the one greatest influence is his teacher. Therefore, in the campaign to lure teenagers into research, teacher assistance is of prime importance. Some boards of education place teachers in industrial plants during the summer in order to get first hand scientific experience.

Elementary teachers are urged to introduce projects dealing with weather, health, plant life, the stars and other aspects of science.

If a child is an able student and science‑minded there is no doubt that his talents will be in demand in the teaching field, in research, in industry and in the health fields. The child need not be a genius. The great bulk of scientific discoveries are made by men whose intelligence is somewhat above the average.

U. S. scientists expect soon to be able to measure space distance by bouncing radar signals off the nearer planets and the sun. The radar method will permit precise distance measurements to the moon, the planets and the sun.

We are now interested in doing everything to get control of the moon so we can establish military bases there ahead of Russia. Millions of dollars are being spent in every field of science to preserve this old worn-out world and make it a paradise. What a surprise it will be when He who sits in the heavens and laughs, will come and with real atomic power destroy all things to usher in the new world order.

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Jael: An Example of Christian Warfare

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Indiana Mini Convention Review 2021

One of this year’s “mini conventions” was hosted by Grace and Grandville Protestant Reformed Churches at Quaker Haven Camp. Located just over two hours away in northern Indiana, the camp was a perfect fit for the 120 kids and 15 chaperones who attended. A total of twelve different churches were represented: Byron Center, Faith, First […]

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Editorial, November 2021: Catechism Season

At the point that this edition of Beacon Lights arrives in the homes of our subscribers, most young people in the Protestant Reformed Churches will have been sitting under the catechism instruction of their pastor or elders for more than a month. If our readers are honest, that observation probably comes with a (quiet) sigh […]

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