The Christian Science Monitor

The Christian Science Monitor is a national weekly print newspaper published by the Christian Science Publishing Society and owned by the First Church of Christ, Scientist. The paper was a daily until March, 2009; currently the website is updated daily. First published in 1908, the Christian Science Monitor is headquartered in Boston, Mass.The average age of a Christian Science Monitor reader is 59, and 61 percent of the readers are women. The average household income of the newspapers readers is just under $94,000; over 72 percent have a four-year college degree and more than 40 percent have a post-graduate degree. It covers national and international news. The Christian Science Monitor is not a religious paper. The Christian Science Monitor has won seven Pulitzer Prizes since 1950. The most recent was in 2002 for an editorial cartoon. In 2006, one of the paper's freelance reporters, Jill Carroll was kidnapped in Iraq. She was released after 82 days. The paper has also won other awards, including the National Headliner Award, National Society of Newspaper Columnists awards, and the Reporters and Editors Award. Mary Trammell is the Editor-in-Chief, Jonathan Wells is the Publisher, John Yemma is the Editor and Marshall Ingwerson is the Managing Editor.

Articles from March 17, 1998

American Contradictions
A public that deeply distrusts its government but gives key figures in government rave ratings? That doesn't sound right, but it's how recent polls appear to describe the collective American psyche.A national survey by the Pew Research Center for the...
A Web Surfer's Unthinkable Act: Using the Library
It's amazing how much college students use the Internet these days. My friends and I check our e-mail almost constantly. To get the latest news, I visit a Web site. Even in the classroom, the Web has become king: Professors around the country complain...
A White House Indiscretion Is a Betrayal of Family Values
Will I ever learn? Back in July 1995 I wrote that I couldn't believe a poll that found that two-thirds of the public, including two-thirds of Republicans as well as Democrats, believed that President Clinton's character problems weren't all that important.I...
Britain: 'Spice' Is out, 'Tubbies' In
You're probably familiar with Wallace and Gromit, Nick Park's animated characters. The stars of "The Wrong Trousers" and two other short films on video are extremely popular here. Besides Gromit notepads (see photo), you can buy small plastic figures...
Clinton's Teflon Is Tested Yet Again New Allegations of Sexual Misconduct Put President on Defensive, but Their Impact Remains Unclear
The confusing case of Bill Clinton and his many accusers is suddenly refocused on core issues: allegations about what the president did, and when he did it.For weeks, the White House has been on the offensive against independent counsel Kenneth Starr...
Forget the Clover, Celebrate Lilt of Ideas
We have just passed the Ides of March, the middle of one of nature's less charming months. A bad day for Julius Caesar, who was told to beware, and didn't.Once upon a time the Ides of March was a bad day for taxpayers, until the tax code got so complicated...
Give Me an 'A,' Professor - I'll Give You One, Too Do Student Evaluations Prompt Better Teaching or 'Pander Pollution'?
With a freshly minted PhD in her pocket, Suzanne Marilley leapt into her first college teaching job expecting to help students learn more than they thought possible.But it was she who learned the big lesson.Students wrote in their post-course evaluations...
Hey Parents: Grab a Book and Join the Reading Group
'Why isn't my child reading?" is a lament I often hear when I first meet the parents of my incoming fifth-graders. By the time they reach me, parents have listened to all the tips recommended by teachers in earlier grades and are quick to tell me the...
'Hindu First' Party Arrives India's New Prime Minister, to Be Sworn in Thursday, May Not Act on His Extreme Views
The world's second-most-populous country, and largest democracy, enters a new and fragile era this week as India's version of the religious right takes the reins of power.The leader of the Hindu Nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), poet-politician...
Hindu Nationalists' Foreign Impact
The prospect of a strongly nationalistic regime taking power in New Delhi has sparked concern in neighboring capitals that India could revert to playing the role of regional bully.Surrounding states were just getting used to the consensual approach of...
Is There Really A Teacher Shortage?
If you're looking for a teaching job that's not smack in the middle of a city or 250 miles from the nearest highway, you may find it hard to believe that America faces a teacher shortage.Some suburban school districts, such as Virginia's Fairfax County,...
Leave English at Home When Taking a Language Adults Immerse Themselves in Classes, Spurred by Travel and Job Prospects
Ever since Marion Middlebrooks visited Germany 19 years ago, toting a traveler's phrase book, she has harbored a dream."I want to return to Germany speaking the language," she says. "I'd like to have a very good command of it."Now, to prepare for a trip...
Letters
Union Dues and PoliticsYour balanced report on the upcoming vote on Prop. 226 in California, "Bold Bid to Shrink Union Muscle" (March 3), left out one very pertinent fact.In 1988, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that unions spending compulsory...
Make Way for Education
As we launch our new learning section, one fact is clear: The way Americans teach their children is being scrutinized as never before.President Clinton takes on "why Johnny can't read" (or write or add) in his State of the Union address. In Texas, the...
Mandating A Colorful Canon Quota Debate
A decade ago, black author Zora Neale Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God" was not part of standard course work at Garner Senior High School in North Carolina, though it is now.The same is true of Toni Morrison's "Song of Solomon" at the public schools...
Mayor Giuliani May Audition for Role on Larger Political Stage Facing a Term Limit, New York's Mayor Tests Prospects for a Presidential Run
Looking for a crimebuster to speak at an Iowa political event? Want to educate New Hampshire voters about the perils of jaywalking? Need to raise money for a local candidate and could use a face rarely seen west of the Hudson River?Who are you going...
More Global Stuff for Kids: Australia Gives 'Bananas' to the World We Asked Writers in Australia and Scotland to Tell Us about Things That Children Eat, Use, or Play With
American culture has hit Down Under in a big way. Aussie kids think most movies, food, and games from the United States are pretty cool. Fox-TV's "The Simpsons" especially is a huge hit with kids here (and with a lot of adults, too). US influence is...
New Grail: Sitter for Friday Night
There's a crisis spreading across the land.It's not an energy crisis, a crisis of confidence, or even an economic crisis of global proportions. It's a crisis in baby sitters.As parents desperate for a night out can attest, there just aren't enough people...
Nursery School Blues Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
My daughter called from 8,000 miles away recently, to tell me the distress she felt at sending her three-year-old daughter Katherine off to nursery school. It was time for me to tell her how I had felt when she went to school, and how God had taken charge...
Price of Rice vs. Price of Politics as Usual in Jakarta Students Clashed with Police Yesterday over Suharto's New Cabinet. Political Unrest May Worsen Indonesia's Economy
News from Indonesia these days is really two intertwined stories.One is about the global economy repairing itself when something goes wrong, as it has in East Asia. The other is the tale of a longtime ruler who insists on fixing his country's problems...
Revolving Door at City Hall Slows Miami's Revival Joe Carollo Returns to Office and Finds a City Divided over Him and Facing Fiscal Ruin
Joe Carollo's name is back on the glass door at the mayor's office in City Hall.But political analysts here say it will take more than a fresh coat of paint to heal a deepening rift within Miami's powerful Cuban-American community over who is the rightful...
The News in Brief
The USAdministration officials questioned the credibility of President Clinton's latest accuser, Kathleen Willey, who described on national TV an alleged 1993 sexual encounter at the White House while asking the president for help at a time when she...
What Does It Take to Teach
There was a time when preparing to be a teacher was a bit like getting into Olympic figure skating: It's better to make the decision early, and there is such a thing as too late.No longer. About 100,000 teachers a year are still trained in four-year...
Where Will We Find Tomorrow's Teachers
Nearly 1 in 3 prospective teachers in Virginia last month couldn't pass a basic skills test in reading, writing, and math - and that's the good news.If the 20 other states with the test had used Virginia's cutoff standard, about 1 in 2 would-be teachers...