Joel Belz

Joel, WORLD's founder, writes a regular column for the magazine and contributes commentaries for The World and Everything in It. He is also the author of Consider These Things.

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Glory days behind us?

Education | Third-world schools stand ready to help
by Joel Belz
Posted 8/19/16, 01:00 am

With the launch of a new school year and this issue’s special section devoted to our interest as Christians in the task of education, I’d been gathering data from here and there with a distinctly gloomy and dismal tone. If the 1980s and even the 1990s were what some folks called the “glory years” for Christian schools, is it also painfully true that the first two decades of this century have tended more and more toward just the opposite.

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Talk isn’t cheap

Media | Sexual banter at the office is far from harmless
by Joel Belz
Posted 8/05/16, 01:00 am

It’s pretty ironic, don’t you think, that an outfit as sleazy as Fox News should either seek—or get—any credit at all for firing a fellow like Roger Ailes? Ailes had become the target of some specific accusations of sexual harassment from a bevy of women on the Fox team. The powers that be apparently decided that enough is enough and that, even with a vigorous Ailes denial, the Fox image didn’t need to be dragged through the muck.

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Mean-spirited reporting

Media | Getting the facts isn’t as hard as some make it seem
by Joel Belz
Posted 7/22/16, 01:00 am

If there’s anything worse than a mean-spirited spoilsport, it’s a mean-spirited spoilsport who apparently doesn’t have a clue what he’s talking about. That was the case a couple of weeks back with The Washington Post. On attitude alone, the Post deserves a grade of no better than C- for a story it did about WORLD’s hometown of Asheville, N.C. And the story offered sorry coverage of the basic facts of the case.

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