Bob Brown

Bob is a graduate of the WORLD Journalism Institute’s mid-career course.

Ships of Tarshish

It’s a problem over here, too

Documentary | Film examines sex trafficking in the USA
by Bob Brown
Posted 2/13/20, 03:59 pm

Sex trafficking isn’t just happening “over there” in Asia and Africa. Pimps, gangs, and relatives keep women and children in bondage in Atlanta, Las Vegas, and other cities and towns across America. Through interviews of ministry leaders and former victims (with no graphic imagery), the new unrated Christian documentary Blind Eyes Opened identifies risk factors, reveals suffering, and asks what more can be done to stop it.

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Not-so-easy A

Education | Study shows teachers with higher grading standards produce better students
by Bob Brown
Posted 2/12/20, 05:16 pm

Teachers who grade rigorously provide more short- and long-term benefits to their students than lax graders, a new study by the Fordham Institute suggests. Teachers with high grading standards significantly increased their students’ scores on standardized final exams and improved their performances in subsequent classes.

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The Turning is a dead end

Movie | Somewhat scary movie goes nowhere fast
by Bob Brown
Posted 1/30/20, 04:11 pm

Somebody had to know what was going on. It wasn’t poor Kate (played by Mackenzie Davis), the nanny in the new film The Turning taking care of two children on an expansive estate haunted by mysterious apparitions. 

It wasn’t this reviewer, either, confounded by the film’s abrupt ending. One assumes that “somebody” was Hollywood veteran Steven Spielberg, the film’s executive producer.

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