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The Whiteboard Jungle: Students’ writing skills diminishing

Over the years that I have been an English teacher, there has been a steady decline in students’ writing skills. Every time I assign a major piece of writing, one that is multiple pages in length, I brace myself for the avalanche of papers about to be turned in. It’s not the sheer volume of 100-plus...

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  • In Theory: Questions arise over Trump nominees

    President Trump has nominated Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback to be the U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, a selection narrowly endorsed by a Senate panel in late October by an 11-10 vote. A “favorite of Christian conservatives,” according to the U.S. News & World Report, Brownback’s...

  • In Theory: Group creates guidelines in effort to boost religious literacy

    A recent article in Salt Lake City’s Deseret News includes an anecdote about a Utah classroom chanting “Move out” at a fellow student who threatened to sue a teacher if she said the word “Mormon.” Such incidents in public schools exemplify a contemporary religious divide, the article states, with...

  • In Theory: A ‘Christian rapper’ tops the charts

    The third studio album of so-called Christian rapper NF unexpectedly reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts shortly after being released earlier this month, beating the greatest-hits album of the late Tom Petty, a feat called “shocking” in Forbes magazine. Michigan musician Nate Feuerstein,...

  • In Theory: Is permissive ideology to blame for campus sexual assaults?

    “All around, the message is the same,” writes senior writer David French for the National Review. “Parties are part of the college experience, and parties include sex. Indeed, sex is often the entire point of the party.” In a Sept. 15 column about campus sexual assaults, French blames universities...

  • In Theory: Would more religion mean less violence?

    In an opinion column called Spiritual Politics, writer Mark Silks reacts to televangelist Pat Robertson’s recent contention that disrespect and a lack of godliness has led to a rise in violence and mass shootings like the one in Las Vegas earlier this month. “When there is no vision of God, the...

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