10x10 behind the scenes. Wolrd Vision Drop-in center, India. Photo courtesy the filmmakers

Changing the world, one story and one life at a time

(RNS) Through the vivid accounts of nine girls from the developing world and their valiant struggles for the right to be educated, the new documentary “Girl Rising” articulates a universal truth: Educating girls ensures a safer, healthier and more prosperous world for all of us.

A Bible class at Woodland High School in Cartersville, Ga. Courtesy of Associated Press

Why conservative Christians should oppose teaching the Bible in public schools

On Sunday night, the long awaited mini-series “The Bible” premiered on the History Channel. Produced by reality TV mogul Mark Burnett of “Survivor” fame and former “Touched by an Angel” star Roma Downey in an effort to dramatize key stories from Scripture, the series is already being embraced by Christians nationwide. After all, when is the last time “Hagar” was trending on twitter? Two days before the first episode aired, however, the couple penned a controversial opinion column in The Wall Street Journal titled, “Why Public Schools Should Teach the Bible.” They argued that public schools should encourage or perhaps mandate teaching courses on the sacred book. This should apparently top the list of priorities in a time when America’s educational system is faced with depleting resources and failing to keep up with the rest of the world’s students.

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Survey finds less cheating in high schools

(RNS) Are American students making the grade when it comes to ethics? A new survey from the Josephson Institute of Ethics finds that the portion of high school students who admit to cheating, lying or stealing dropped in 2012 for the first time in a decade. By Cathy Payne / USA Today.

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BYU students pushing for caffeinated sodas

SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Caffeine-craving students at Brigham Young University are pushing the Mormon-run school to change its stance on cola drinks after the church signaled that carbonated sodas don't violate rules against “hot drinks'' like tea or coffee. By Peggy Fletcher Stack.