Table of Contents

Cover Story

School choice surge

School choice surge

by Daniel James Devine

Cover Story | New voucher and tax credit programs in several states are helping Christian students and schools turn corners

In this issue: "School choice," Aug. 25, 2012

Features

Vive la différence

Vive la différence

By Marvin Olasky

Back to School | Despite pressures from the top to conform, American education is developing a healthy diversity

A ready harvest

A ready harvest

By Megan Basham

Back to School | Three Teach for America recruits say we don't have to travel far to discover a ripe mission field

Timely teaching

Timely teaching

By Marvin Olasky

Back to School | Texas business school teaches that leading a meaningful life is more important than dollar signs

Name game

Name game

By Angela Lu & Mary Jackson

Back to School | Los Angeles public schools opt for rebranding, but little change, in a battle against budget cuts

Soaping the slippery slope

Soaping the slippery slope

By Marvin Olasky

Back to School | Two books document the decline of once-Christian colleges into bastions of unbelief

Vanderbilt squeeze

Vanderbilt squeeze

By Leigh Jones

Back to School | Christian ministries plan their futures under university's new policy against religious groups

Dispatches

Trip to remember

Trip to remember

By Edward Lee Pitts

Campaign 2012 | Foreign trip sends signal that Romney wants a renewed commitment to three traditional allies that are on the outs with Obama

Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

Voyagers at the limits It's now been 35 years since NASA's Voyager spacecrafts were launched to study the Solar System. Both probes carried golden records…

Mandate begins

Mandate begins

By The Editors

And more news briefs

Nightmare in China

Nightmare in China

By Angela Lu

Rural woman becomes a bloody victim of nation's anti-child crusade

Crumbling from within

Crumbling from within

By Mindy Belz

Opposition groups believe the end of Assad is near

Good deeds punished

Good deeds punished

By Warren Cole Smith

Texas sociologist gets caught in an academic witch hunt

Human Race

Human Race

By The Editors

Botched Hospital records allegedly reveal that Tonya Reaves, 24, who died after a second trimester abortion at a Chicago Planned Parenthood clinic on July 20,

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

Gray shadow A general store in Rhode Island that dates back to pre-Constitution days closed its doors on Aug. 5 after 224 years in business. College student…

Quotables

Quotables

By The Editors

'Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me.' American gymnast Gabrielle Douglas in her first tweet after winning…

Notebook

A better way

A better way

By Mary Jackson

Lifestyle | Ministry mentors use relatability to reach hardened hearts

Education en masse

Education en masse

By Daniel James Devine

Technology | Major universities jump onto the online-class juggernaut

Change in the weather

Change in the weather

By Daniel James Devine

Science | Upcoming national science standards squelch alternate views on climate and Darwinism

Surf Church Hossegor

Surf Church Hossegor

By The Editors

Houses of God | Biarritz, France

Declawed Lions

Declawed Lions

By Mark Bergin

Sports | Critics differ on whether the NCAA's punishment of Penn State fits the crime

In the red zone

In the red zone

By Warren Cole Smith

Money | Markets react to government interventions but recession fears remain

The David Barton controversy

The David Barton controversy

By Thomas Kidd

Religion | Christian critics challenge WallBuilders president on America's founders

Columnists

He meant what he said

He meant what he said

By Joel Belz

Campaign 2012 | Don't let the president off the hook for 'You didn't build that'

Philosophical differences

Philosophical differences

By Janie B. Cheaney

Philosophy association approves a highly discriminatory nondiscrimination policy

Real policy vs. realpolitik

Real policy vs. realpolitik

By Mindy Belz

U.S. foreign policy should put ideals over ideas

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

Integrity test

Integrity test

By Andrée Seu Peterson

Big opportunities sometimes come with nagging details

Into exile

Into exile

By Marvin Olasky

What happens to a professor who does everything right but has wrong ideas?

Culture

Treadmill checklist

Treadmill checklist

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Catching up on a range of books, from holiness to history

Notable Books

By Edward Lee Pitts

Notable Books | Four books on the Civil War

Most likely to succeed

Most likely to succeed

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | From 'dumbest kid' to school leader: an interview with Dr. Ben Carson

Phil's testament

Phil's testament

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Live performance in Ohio displays what makes celebrated Christian guitarist special

Notable CDs

By Arsenio Orteza

Notable CDs | Five recent pop-rock releases

Magical child

Magical child

By Alicia M. Cohn

Movies | The Odd Life of Timothy Green has many hilarious moments but a garbled message about parents and children

Hope Springs

Hope Springs

By Megan Basham

Movies | Story of an older, married couple overcoming sexual inertia isn't exactly a PG-13 movie

Searching for Sugar Man

Searching for Sugar Man

By Emily Whitten

Documentary | Indie film sneaks into No. 7 spot at the American box office

Total Recall

Total Recall

By Stephanie Perrault

Movies | Poorly paced story, limp acting and unnecessary smut make this a film we're ready to forget

Box Office Top 10

By The Editors

Movies | For the weekend of August 3-5 according to Box Office Mojo

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