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.

Amazing grace

| Bulging mailbags bring some good news
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 10/04/97, 12:00 am

A month ago, when I asked readers to send in letters about college experiences, I expected we would get a couple of dozen.

Instead, we received a couple of hundred. Next week we'll look at some of the negative letters about Christian colleges, but our Mailbag page this week celebrates the positive, and we are glad to see many institutions praised.

On this page I will attempt to summarize the two main themes of the many letters about life in non-Christian academic settings: (1) it's tough, and (2) God's grace is alive.

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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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