Janie B. Cheaney

Janie is a senior writer who contributes commentary to WORLD and oversees WORLD's annual Children's Book of the Year awards. She also writes novels for young adults and authored the Wordsmith creative writing curriculum. Janie resides in rural Missouri.

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If not college, what?

| Often-lucrative alternatives to the four-year degree abound
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 9/20/08, 12:00 am

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Barack to school

Campaign 2008 | Obama offers more of what hasn't worked in education policy
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 9/06/08, 12:00 am

Barack Obama's speeches ooze inspiration but little substance about what he actually plans to do once in office: What can we expect from an Obama presidency? With so much to say about the candidate's charm and dazzle and effortless way with a suit, his education policy hasn't received much notice. But America's poor-performing schools remain among the top 10 public concerns. Obama has a plan for "Lifetime Success Through Education" that inquiring minds can look up on his campaign website.

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Disorganized religion

| In America, the institutional church has become the counterculture
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 8/09/08, 12:00 am

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