Table of Contents

Cover Story

Educational ooze

Educational ooze

by Marvin Olasky

Cover Story | From tightening budgets to growing charter schools, slow moving trends are changing American public education

In this issue: "Back to School," Aug. 27, 2011

Features

Money for nothing

Money for nothing

By Dan Reed

Back to School | Big increases in educational spending by the government have not yielded a better educational product

'Their lives have value'

'Their lives have value'

By Tiffany Owens

Back to School | A former basketball player takes on the tall task of teaching at-risk kids in Union City, N.J.

Soft sell

Soft sell

By Les Sillars & Alicia Constant

Back to School | Tax-funded charter schools founded by Turkish Muslims are trying to practice but not preach

Higher idols

Higher idols

By Les Sillars

Back to School | Crazy U shows how we value college far too much and far too little

Career crisis

Career crisis

By Dan Reed

Back to School | The job market has not been friendly to the college graduates of 2009, 2010, and 2011

Math - tears = Khan Academy

Math - tears = Khan Academy

By Angela Lu

Back to School | An increasingly popular online program is teaching children across the country to love a subject they once dreaded

No safe havens

No safe havens

By Jerry Bowyer

Back to School | Economics and finance have not escaped the onslaught of anti-Christian thought

Dispatches

Moment of decision

Moment of decision

By Marvin Olasky

Will liberal evangelicals accept HHS scheme mandating that insurance plans cover abortion drugs?

Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

NASA animal eulogy Shuttle program operations may have ended on July 21, but NASA officials will finally lock the doors on Aug. 21 after an unusual posthumous…

London fights back

London fights back

By The Editors

and other news briefs

Numbers cruncher

Numbers cruncher

By Mindy Belz

David Barrett helped make church statistics count

After the downgrade

After the downgrade

By Edward Lee Pitts

With U.S. credit and credibility falling, a congressional 'super committee' has its work cut out for it

CAIR's cops

CAIR's cops

By Jill Nelson

The FBI won't work with a controversial Islamic group, but the LAPD is fostering close ties

Crossing divides

Crossing divides

By Edward Lee Pitts

Christian, Republican, anti-nuclear activist Mark Hatfield was not a typical senator

Remembering the fallen

Remembering the fallen

By Emily Belz

Dads. vets among SEALs killed in Afghanistan

Money, meet mouth

Money, meet mouth

By Emily Belz

Campaign 2012 | Mitt Romney gives a lot, Rick Perry gives a little, and the other GOP candidates give no information about their church and charitable giving

Human Race

Human Race

By The Editors

Guilty A Texas jury found polygamist leader Warren Jeffs, 55, guilty of sexually assaulting two young girls that he forced into "spiritual marriages," and on…

Quotables

Quotables

By The Editors

"I'm all for party loyalty, but God gave me a brain and I use it." Harold Metts, Democratic state senator from Rhode Island and co-sponsor of a voter ID law…

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

Family crisis Bonni Marcus and Jack Zinzi spent Aug. 1 papering their Park Slope neighborhood in Manhattan with fliers offering a substantial reward for the…

Notebook

August tradition

August tradition

By Susan Olasky

Lifestyle | The school year is beginning sooner and the school day is lasting longer throughout the country

Organic thinking

Organic thinking

By Daniel James Devine

Technology | Utah compost company aims to make the most out of America's vast supply of leftovers

Scrubbing mission

Scrubbing mission

By Daniel James Devine

Science | The space shuttle program may be over, but a massive cleanup effort will have to go on

Grace Gospel Church

Grace Gospel Church

By The Editors

Houses of God | Pinellas Park, Fla.

Sharpe words

Sharpe words

By Mark Bergin

Sports | A silver-tongued Hall-of-Famer delivers a grand speech on his sad life

A killer Christian?

A killer Christian?

By Tim Dalrymple

Religion | Norwegian murderer Anders Behring Breivik reveres Christendom, not Christ

Culture

Caesar's legions

Caesar's legions

By Megan Basham

Movies | Rise of the Planet of the Apes makes for good summer fun

<em>Whistleblower</em>

Whistleblower

By Alisa Harris

Movies | The film is based on the true story of a UN peacekeeper who uncovered sex trafficking in Bosnia

<em>The Change-Up</em>

The Change-Up

By Michael Leaser

Movies | Unfortunately, the lessons learned by the characters are practically lost in the R-rated filth

<em>The Jerusalem Countdown</em>

The Jerusalem Countdown

By Megan Basham

Movies | As a thriller, the film works surprisingly well, as an evangelism tool, decidedly less so

Box Office Top 10

By The Editors

Movies | For the weekend of August 5-7, according to Box Office Mojo

A well-stocked backpack

A well-stocked backpack

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Books for navigating classrooms and filling in the gaps

Notable Books

By Elyse Fitzpatrick, Cathy Diez-Luckie, John Hay, Melanie Fowler, Jessica Thompson & David Webb

Notable Books | Books for educating and disciplining children reviewed by Susan Olasky

Not dead yet

Not dead yet

By Warren Cole Smith

Q&A | Students taught about the death of culture and Christianity should hear the other side from sociologist Bradley Wright

Actors' albums

Actors' albums

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Hugh Laurie does well enough with a new CD, but Jeff Bridges does better

Notable CDs

By Relient K, America, Big Bill Broonzy & Brian Eno

Notable CDs | Five new pop-rock releases reviewed by Arsenio Orteza

Columnists

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

The good teacher

The good teacher

By Andrée Seu

All I really need to know I learned on a kindergarten field trip

Thousands left behind

Thousands left behind

By Marvin Olasky

Be thankful, son, that you go to an American school-maybe

Downgrade nation

Downgrade nation

By Mindy Belz

Are U.S. economic doldrums tied to a spiritual downturn?

Already closed

Already closed

By Janie B. Cheaney

Allan Bloom's famous critique of higher education still speaks despite weak assumptions

Not just kids' stuff

Not just kids' stuff

By Joel Belz

Longer life expectancies give new perspective on the Fifth Commandment

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