Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. His latest book is Reforming Journalism. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

The Bad Deal

| Sending a bad message with education lies
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 9/27/97, 12:00 am

Good news from the New York Times! The newspaper of record noted earlier this month, "Students' Test Scores Show Slow but Steady Gains at Nation's Schools." It seems that 60 percent of American fourth-graders showed a minimal reading competence! If that's not cause for celebration, try this: 78 percent of 13-year-olds can add, subtract, multiply, and divide! That's up from 75 percent in 1990!

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UnChristlike sayings

| Rethinking the meaning of "speaking the truth in love"
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 9/20/97, 12:00 am

I don't remember his name, but I do remember what a Kentucky Baptist preacher/weekly newspaper editor told me a dozen years ago. He had a police band radio and liked to go out with his camera when he heard that a drunk was being arrested. Unlike Paris paparazzi he never chased anyone, but he did take photos of staggering citizens stopped by police, and he put those pictures on his front page.

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Welfare reformation

| The same choice is before us: Bread and circuses, or Bible and work?
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 9/13/97, 12:00 am

When it comes to welfare, some reporters and politicians continue to offer hysterical rather than historical perspective. In Washington, anyone who remembers what happened two years ago is an expert, and someone who can describe what American life was like a century ago is a guru. But the welfare wars actually go back several thousand years, and there's a lot we can learn from past struggles.

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