New School Year Math

“Free” public education has never been less free. Back to school has always been big business, as frantic (and eager) parents snap up lunch boxes, pencils, clothes, shoes, and so on before sending little Johnny or Janie back to the education “experts.” A recent survey says spending costs parents with two children in school between $700 and $1,245 during this annual rite of passage.

At my kids’ schools, parents are even expected to buy tissues, scissors, gluesticks, etc.-a lot of stuff they provided when I was a student. And we don’t live in a poor district. Yet the schools are always crying poor, asking for tax increases to keep the school doors open. Maybe it’s the new math, but something doesn’t add up.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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