Table of Contents

Cover Stories

Groundhog reform day

Groundhog reform day

by Marvin Olasky

Cover Story | Back to school 2014 finds American education in the midst of yet another expensive revolution

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Uncommon pushback

by Russ Pulliam

Cover Story | With a rebellion growing, Common Core no longer looks inevitable

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Public school @ home

by Daniel James Devine

Cover Story | Online charter schools are growing, with growing pains

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Lone Star laboratory

by Amy McCullough

Cover Story | Texas is likely the next school choice frontier

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Portland public

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Cover Story | Seeking the peace of a very liberal city by helping to rejuvenate a deteriorating school

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Risks and rewards

by June Cheng

Cover Story | Amid limited resources and a hostile government, a Chinese Christian school movement is growing

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Homeschool debate

Homeschool debate

by Daniel James Devine

Cover Story | How to keep a few bad apples from spoiling the bushel

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Good credit

by Emily Scheie

Cover Story | Competency-based programs offer college credentials without the debilitating cost

In this issue: "Back to School," Sept. 6, 2014

Features

Risking genocide

By Mindy Belz

Persecution | As the Islamic State has raged from Syria to Iraq, it threatens to wipe out Christians and other religious groups with singular roots in ancient Mesopotamia

Dispatches

Dispatches

By The Editors

News | A community inflamed During the 10 days and nights after a suburban St. Louis police officer shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, protests…

Human Race

By The Editors

News | Battled James Barney Jr., a 9-year-old Floridian, made international news after he wrestled a 400-pound alligator—and won. Barney was riding his bicycle…

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

News | Sept. 2   Pete Rose, disgraced former major leaguer, will make a return of sorts to baseball today. Rose, banned from major league events since 1989…

Quotables

By The Editors

News | ‘If it doesn’t cross the line, it comes very, very close to it.’ Christine Moutier, chief medical officer at the American Foundation for Suicide…

Quick Takes

By The Editors

News | Shoe clue When fraud investigators saw Shawna Lynn Palmer of Riverside, Calif., wearing high heels, her game was up. Palmer, a supermarket clerk, had claimed…

Notebook

Game changer

By Angela Lu

Lifestyle | Gamechurch is seizing opportunities to reach the gaming community

Internet for everyone

Internet for everyone

By Michael Cochrane

Technology | Project to spread web access could speed up growth in Africa

Green light, red alert

Green light, red alert

By Julie Borg

Science | Is an expedited approval process putting unsafe medications on the market?

Hillsdale Orthodox Presbyterian Church

Hillsdale Orthodox Presbyterian Church

By The Editors

Houses of God | Hillsdale, Michigan

Money changer

Money changer

By Andrew Branch

Sports | District judge's ruling may radically alter college sports beyond football and men's basketball

Voices

You filled my mailbox

You filled my mailbox

By Joel Belz

WORLD | Now I’d like to fill yours as well!

A little religion

A little religion

By Janie B. Cheaney

Marriage | The problem with love and marriage in America’s Bible Belt

Numbers matter

By Mindy Belz

Iraq | Understaffing the U.S. effort in Iraq from the beginning has cost American lives, created conditions for Iraqi genocide, and threatens global security

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

What the river speaks

What the river speaks

By Andrée Seu Peterson

Cities | The danger of a once-productive waterfront—and nation—going idle

A matter of seeing

A matter of seeing

By Marvin Olasky

Education | Christian schooling is about much more than behavior or information

Culture

Losses and gains

By Megan Basham

Movies | When the Game Stands Tall rises above its competitors in the sports genre

After the day

By Megan Basham

DVD | In the days following Robin Williams’ death by suicide, social media sites and news outlets were afire with quotes from the brilliant actor’s best-loved…

Ragamuffin

By Trevin Wax

DVD | Best known for “Awesome God” and “Sing Your Praise to the Lord,” Rich Mullins burst onto the Christian music scene in the late 1980s and early 1990s…

What If

By Emily Belz

Movies | Commentators have described the independent romantic comedy What If (rated PG-13 for crude talk, partial nudity, and sexual innuendo) as the modern When Harry Met

A novel recommendation

By Marvin Olasky

Books | A dark, but not hopeless, book for students

Notable Books

By Janie B. Cheaney

Books | Four war-themed graphic novels

Philosophical inoculation

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | The best defense for children against bad ideas, says Jay Richards, is measured exposure

Soaring sounds

Soaring sounds

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Three recent albums highlight the aesthetic and emotional range of the flute

Notable CDs

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | New or recent classical albums

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