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CBN NewsWatch: December 5, 2013

On CBN Newswatch, Dec. 5: Are American schools really failing?, YouVersion Bible app for kids a game changer?, and Bishop: Sudan's Christians 'are on the Cross' daily, and more. Read Transcript


TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH,"

EDUCATION IN AMERICA VS. THE

REST OF THE WORLD, ARE WE

FAILING OUR CHILDREN?

OR IS THE ISSUE SOMETHING

DIFFERENT ALTOGETHER?

PLUS...

THE LATEST FROM SOUTH SUDAN AND

WHAT CHRISTIANS ARE FACING

THERE.

AND A SNEAK PEEK AT BLACK

NATIVITY.

KEEPING YOUR FAITH AND FAMILY

EVEN IN THE TOUGH TIMES.

ALL OF THIS AND MORE TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH."

A REPORT CARD ON AMERICAN

EDUCATION OR TIME TO RETHINK HOW

WE EDUCATE OUR CHILDREN.

GOOD EVENING EVERYONE I AM WENDY

GRIFFITH.

AMERICAN STUDENTS ARE LAGGING

BEHIND ASIAN PEERS ACCORDING TO

A NEW INTERNATIONAL TEST RESULT

TESTED IN SUBJECTS LIKE MATH,

SCIENCE AND READING.

EDUCATION SECRETARY ARNY DUNCAN

IS CALLING IT A PICTURE OF

EDUCATION STAGNATION.

HEATHER SELLS JOINS US?

HEATHER?

REPORTER: THE PATTERN IS

FAMILIAR.

LOW TEST SCORES FOR THE U.S.,

ANXIETY ON THE PART OF PARENTS

AND TEACHERS AND RENEW CALLS FOR

REFORM AND FUNDING.

THOSE IN THE EDUCATION COMMUNITY

SAYING HOLD ON, WE SHOULDN'T PUT

SO MUCH STOCK INTO THESE SCORES.

AMERICAN STUDENTS SCORED BELOW

INTERNATIONAL AVERAGE IN MATH

AND AVERAGE IN SCIENCE AND

READING.

AT THE TOP OF THE PACK CHINA,

SOUTH KOREA, JAPAN AND HONG KONG

KONG.

SOME IN EDUCATION LIKE PROFESSOR

CHRISTOPHER TINGEN SAYS IT IS

NOT CAUSE FOR ALARM.

THIS TEST IS TAKEN BY 6,000

KIDS IN A COUNTRY.

TESTING POPULATIONS VERY WIDELY.

IN SINGAPORE, YOU WON'T FIND A

LOT OF STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL

NEEDS OR SECOND LANGUAGE

LEARNERS.

REPORTER: TINKEN DOESN'T BUY

THE ARGUMENT THAT WE WON'T BE

ABLE TO TEST GLOBALLY.

WE HAVE NEVER SCORED AT THE

TOP OF THE WORLD SINCE THEY

STARTED IN 1964.

WE HAVE A 50-YEAR HISTORY OF NOT

DOING WELL ON TESTS BUT VERY

WELL ECONOMICALLY.

REPORTER: WHY DOES THE U.S.

KEEP PARTICIPATING IN TESTS

WHERE WE ARE AT A DISADVANTAGE?

MAYBE THE EDUCATION REFORM

INDUSTRY THAT THRIVES ON

EDUCATIONAL CRISES.

CURRENT SCHOOL REFORM

NARRATIVE THEREFORE WE NEED TO

CHANGE THINGS.

CHANGING THINGS IN EDUCATION

RESULTS IN GOOD BUSINESS FOR

THOSE COMPANIES INVOLVED IN

EDUCATION REFORM.

HEATHER, SOUNDS LIKE THE

PLAYING FIELD IS FAR FROM

NORMAL.

REPORTER: CHINA IS TESTING

ITS ELITE STUDENTS NOT POOR

PERFORMING ONES WHO MAY NOT EVEN

BE IN SCHOOL AT AGE 15.

WENDY: WHAT IS A GOOD WAY TO

ASSESS A CHILD'S EDUCATION?

REPORTER: HE SAYS

STANDARDIZED TESTS LIKE THE

INTERNATIONAL ONE WE ARE TALKING

ABOUT, BUT SHOULD ALSO INCLUDE

CLASSROOM TESTS, REPORT CARDS,

TEACHER'S PERSPECTIVE ,

CLASSROOM WORK AND ETC.

WENDY: WHAT DOES THE DOCTOR

THINK THE BEST WAY TO COMPETE

GLOBALLY?

REPORTER: WENDY, THERE IS A

BIG PUSH FOR STANDARDIZATION.

HE SAYS WE NEED TO ALLOW

STUDENTS A VARIETY OF APPROACHES

IN HIGH SCHOOL TO FULLY NURTURE

KIDS GIFTS AND TALENTS.

YOU ARE SEEING THE COMMON CORE

STANDARDS, 45 STATES HAVE

ADOPTED.

IT IS A BIG DEBATE WITH LOTS OF

DISAGREEMENT OVER THE BEST WAY

TO TEACH.

LOTS OF PARENTS WOULD LIKE TO

HAVE LOCALLY CONTROL.

WENDY: HEATHER SELLS, THANKS,

SO MUCH.

IN OTHER NEWS A TRUCK CONTAINING

RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL WAS

RECOVERED IN MEXICO.

WHOEVER CAME IN CONTACT WITH ITS

CONTENT IS IN GRAVE DANGER.

CONTAINING COBOLT 60 WAS STOLEN

FROM A GAS STATION MONDAY.

BOTH TRUCK AND CONTENTS FOUND

TWO DAYS LATER IN CENTRAL

MEXICO.

NO PUBLIC RISK REMAINS, WHOEVER

CAME IN CONTACT WITH IT IS

LIKELY TO DIE SOON FROM

EXPOSURE.

AN ARCTIC COLD FRONT IS BLASTING

ACROSS THE NATION PACKING

SUBZERO TEMPERATURES ICE AND

SNOW IN MINNESOTA.

IT IS THE COLDEST WEATHER SYSTEM

IN DECADES.

HUNDREDS OF ACCIDENTS AND FATAL

CRASHES REPORTED ACROSS SEVERAL

STATES.

AT LEAST FIVE IN MINNESOTA.

WE ARE GOING TO HIT!

PEOPLE STARTED GOING INTO THE

DITCH LOSING CONTROL OF

VEHICLES.

WE HAVE OUR EQUIPMENT AND

MANPOWER WHERE THEY CAN BE

EASILY MOBILIZED WHEN THE TIME

COMES.

WENDY: HEAVY ICE AND SNOW ARE

EXPECTED TO CAUSE WIDESPREAD

POWER OUTAGES AS THE STORM

CONTINUES SOUTH AND THEN EAST.

A LITTLE BOY DIED TODAY WHEN HIS

SCHOOL BUS COLLIDED WITH A DUMP

TRUCK.

11-YEAR-OLD DANIEL ROBERT COOK

DIED OF BLUNT FORCE TRAUMA TO

HIS HEAD.

FOUR OTHER CHILDREN INJURED AND

THE BUS DRIVER TAKE TON THE

HOSPITAL DUE TO EMOTIONAL

TRAUMA.

PRAYER WILL STAY IN A SOUTH

CAROLINA COUNTY FOR NOW.

THEY CAN CONTINUE TO ALLOW

STUDENT-LED PRAYER WHILE A

LAWSUIT OVER THE ISSUE

CONTINUES.

AMERICAN HUMANIST ASSOCIATION

FILED SUIT AGAINST THE SCHOOL

SEEKING TO PREVENT FUTURE

EVENTS.

A STUDENT WAS OFFENDED AND

DISTRESSED WHEN MOUNTAIN VIEW

ELEMENTARY HELD ITS CEREMONY AT

A CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY CHAPPELL.

CHRISTMAS SIGNS POPPING UP

AROUND REDMOND, WASHINGTON FOR

THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW.

MOST PEOPLE INCLUDING THE MAYOR

SEEM TO BE OKAY.

THEY READ "IT IS OKAY TO SAY

MERRY CHRISTMAS"

FOLLOWED BY A BIBLE VERSE.

I FEEL IT IS OKAY TO SAY

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HON

HANUKKAH.

THE CITY RIGHT A WAY IS

AVAILABLE FOR FREE SPEECH.

THIS IS A FORM OF FREE SPEECH.

WEBB

WENDY: SO FAR NO GROUP OR

CHURCH HAS TAKEN OWNERSHIP.

THE MAYOR IS NOT GOING TO TAKE

THEM DOWN.

GOOD FOR HIM.

THERE IS NOW A BIBLE APP JUST

FOR KIDS, CREATORS OF U VERSION

HAVE COME OUT WITH ANOTHER FREE

APP GEARED AT KIDS AGED 4-10.

BIBLE APP CAN BE DOWNLOADED ON

APPLE, ANDROID AND KINDLE

DEVICES.

THE APP WAS DEVELOPED IN

COLLABORATION WITH THE

INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY ONE HOPE

WHICH HAS CLAIMED TO HAVE

TOUCHED A BILLION YOUNG LIVES

WITH THE WORD OF GOD.

ANOTHER AMERICAN TRAGEDY IN

BENGHAZI, THAT STORY NEXT PLUS

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH A

BISHOP FROM SOUTH SUDAN WITH THE

STRUGGLES.

AND TROUBLES FOR A WELL KNOWN

CHRISTIAN CONVERT IN EGYPT.

WHAT HAPPENED TO THIS MAN THAT

SIMPLY WANTS TO PRACTICE HIS

CHRISTIAN FAITH.

THESE STORIES AND MUCH MORE ON

CBN'S "NEWSWATCH."

AN AMERICAN TEACHER HAS BEEN

SHOT TO DEATH WHILE JOGGING IN

BENGHAZI, LIBYA.

A HOSPITAL SPOKESWOMAN, SAYS A

BODY OF A MAN FROM TEXAS BROUGHT

TO THE HOSPITAL WITH GUNSHOT

WOUNDS.

NO ONE HAS CLAIMED

RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE KILLING.

THE AMERICAN TEACHER WAS JOGGING

NEAR THE U.S. CONSULATE.

THAT IS WHERE THE AMERICAN

AMBASSADOR AND THREE OTHER

AMERICANS KILLED BY ISLAMIC

MILITANTS SEPTEMBER 11TH OF LAST

YEAR.

EGYPT'S MOST FAMOUS CHRISTIAN

CONVERT FROM ISLAM ARRESTED.

MOHAMMED PAGAZI FOUGHT

PUBLICALLY TO TRY TO CHANGE HIS

RELIGION ON HIS ID CARD.

MUSLIMS WHO CHANGE RELIGION FACE

PERSECUTION IN EGYPT.

HE AND HIS FAMILY HAD BEEN

RUNNING FOR THEIR LIVES AFTER A

DEATH SENTENCE AGAINST HIM.

HE PREVIOUSLY TOLD CBN NEWS HE

HAD BEEN JAILED AND TORTURED BY

SECURITY AGENTS THAT WANTED HIM

TO RETURN TO ISLAM.

DEADLY GUN FIRE ERUPTS IN

CENTRAL -- CENTRAL AFRICAN

REPUBLIC TODAY IT IS THE RESULT

OF REPORTED CRASHES IN

REPUBLIC'S CAPITAL CITY.

MOSTLY MUSLIM-ARMED FIGHTERS

ATTACKING CHRISTIANS WHO SUPPORT

THE OUSTED PRESIDENT.

MORE MILITARY ACTION BY FRANCE

AND OTHER AFRICAN TROOPS TO

RESTORE ORDER.

THEY HAVE BEEN BLAMED FOR SCORES

OF HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES.

ALGERIAN ARMY HELICOPTERS KILL A

TOP AL-QAEDA LEADER AND FOUR

ASSOCIATES.

AN ALGERIAN OFFICIAL SAYS HE WAS

IN A VEHICLE WITH FOUR OTHER

MEN.

KALIL-ALDITA ALSO KNOWN AS ABU

BASON.

HE WAS ON HIS WAY TO MEET WITH

OTHER AL-QAEDA LEADERS IN

ALGERIA.

WELL 22 YEARS OF WAR FROM NORTH

AND SOUTH SUDAN ENDED WHEN

SOUTHERNERS GAIN INDEPENDENCE

BACK IN JULY 2011.

FIGHTING HAS CONTINUED.

A BISHOP IS IN WASHINGTON ASKING

THEM TO ALLEVIATE THE SUFFERING.

REPORTER: THE BISHOP OF THE

DIOCESE SAYS CHRISTIANS AND

OTHERS IN THE NEWBAS ARE STILL

SUFFERING.

NOW THEY ARE ON THE CROSS IN

A SPECIAL WAY.

BOMBING IS DAILY.

KHARTOUM GOVERNMENT SEAL ALL THE

ENTRANCE.

NO MEDICINE, NO FOOD, NO FUEL.

REPORTER: THE BORDER IS THE

DISPUTED REGION.

A RECENT REFERENDUM WAS HELD.

THE PEOPLE VOTED TO JOIN SOUTH

SUDAN.

THE PEOPLE OF THE NEWBAS -- THEY

ARE EXPERIENCING PERSECUTION.

SOUTHERNERS ARE NOT LOOKED

AFTER.

THEY SAY YOU ARE FOREIGNERS, YOU

ARE UNWANTED.

THERE IS PRESSURE NOT TO GET

ANYMORE PERSONNEL FROM THE

OUTSIDE.

WE DON'T HAVE ANYMORE POSSIBLES

OF BUILDING CHURCHES ANYMORE IN

NORTHERN SUDAN.

WENDY: SENIOR INTERNATIONAL

CORRESPONDENT GARY LANE JOINS US

MORE.

GARY, YOU HAVE BEEN TO THE NUBA

MOUNTAINS SEVERAL TIMES, TELL US

ABOUT THE PEOPLE?

THEY ARE WONDERFUL PEOPLE

MUSLIMS, CATHOLICS, PROTESTANTS,

ALL IN THE SAME FAMILY LIVING

WELL TOGETHER.

THE KHARTOUM GOVERNMENT WANTS TO

ISLAMIZE THEM AND DRIVE THEM OUT

OF THAT AREA.

THEY ARE REAL RESILIENT AND

TOUGH PEOPLE.

THEY HAVE BEEN FIGHTING THIS

REGIME TWO AND A HALF DECADES.

WENDY: WHAT KIND OF

DIFFERENCE IS HE MAKING?

HE IS A WONDERFUL MAN.

HE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST ONES TO

SPEAK OUT ABOUT DARFORE.

HE IS QUITE A HUMANITARIAN.

HE WANTS TO SEE RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM.

WENDY: GARY, WHAT CAN

AMERICANS CAN DO?

SEEMS LIKE WE ARE HELPLESS.

I ASKED THE BISHOP THAT, HE

SAID PRAYER.

BUT PRAYER WITHOUT ACTION THEY

ARE DEAD PRAYERS.

WE NEED TO HAVE YOU TAKE ACTION.

CALL YOUR SENATORS, CONGRESSMAN,

CALL YOUR PRESIDENT, STATE

DEPARTMENT.

LET THEM KNOW ABOUT THE PEOPLE

TO PUT MORE PRESSURE TO STOP

THIS BRUTAL WAR.

WENDY: IN ALL YOUR TRIPS

THERE, WHAT IS A STORY THAT

STANDS OUT?

WENDY, I HAVE BEEN THERE 20

TIMES, THE ONES THAT AFFECT ME

MOST ARE THE CHILDREN.

THEY HAVE SEEN PARENTS DESTROYED

AND VILLAGES, AND RAPE.

WENDY: AMAZING.

FAITH OF CHRISTIANS THERE.

IT IS STILL GOING ON, WENDY.

WENDY: GARY LANE, THANKS SO

MUCH, WE APPRECIATE IT.

UP NEXT, A NEW HOLIDAY MOVIE

WITH A SUPERSTAR CAST AND PLOT

CENTERED AROUND TIMELESS

BIBLICAL PURSUITS IN TIME FOR

CHRISTMAS.

STORY OF THE GOSPEL IS BACK

ON THE BIG SCREEN STARRING OSCAR

WINNER JENNIFER HUDSON CALLED

"THE BLACK NATIVITY."

IT SHOWS FAMILIES OFTEN HAVE TO

FIGHT TO STAY TOGETHER IN TOUGH

TIMES.

EPHRAIM GRAHAM BRINGS US THE

STORY.

*

REPORTER: JENNIFER HUDSON

BRINGS HER BIG VOICE BACK TO THE

BIG SCREEN.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS TO COME

BACK?

BECAUSE I LOVE ALL THE

ELEMENTS AS FAR AS THE FAMILY

ASPECT, MUSIC, THE CHURCH ROOTS

IN IT.

JUST THE FACT THAT I FELT THAT

WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH FILMS OUT

THERE TODAY.

I WANT TO SEE IT COME BACK AND

BE A PART OF BRINGING IT BACK.

WE HAVE BEEN EVICTED?

WE HAVE TO MOVE?

REPORTER: HUDSON PLAYS A

SINGLING MOTHER SEPARATED FROM

HER PARENTS STRUGGLING TO RAISE

HER TEENAGE SON, LANGSTON.

HE HAS TRIED TO BE THE MAN OF

THE HOUSE HIS WHOLE LIFE.

HE TRIES NOT TO SHOW EMOTION.

IT IS THERE.

REPORTER: R&B SINGER AND

DISNEY STAR JACOB LATTIMORE

PLAYS LANGSTON.

I AM SPEAKING WITH MY FACE.

THAT WAS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE.

WHAT HELPS ME GET IN CHARACTER

IS A GREAT CAST.

YOU HAVE MADE A MISTAKE.

I WAS TOLD TO EXPECT MY GRANDSON

NOT SOME PICK POCKET.

REPORTER: THE PARENTS ARE

PLAYED BY FOREST WHITAKER AND

ANGELA BASSETT.

YOU CAN CALL ME GRANDFATHER!

[LAUGHTER]

REPORTER: THE STORY UNFOLDS

IN MODERN DAY HARLEM.

MANY OF THE SCENES TAKE PLACE

HERE AT THE CHURCH WHERE

LANGSTON'S GRANDFATHER IS

PASTOR.

TELL JESUS IN YOUR TIME OF

TROUBLE.

REPORTER: REVEREND CORNELL

COBS STRUGGLES TO HOLD HIS

FAMILY TOGETHER.

THAT IS REAL TYPICAL.

YOU PLAY OUT A SCENARIO IN THE

PULPIT THAT ARE IDEALS.

THAT IS WHAT MINISTERS DO.

YOU GO HOME AND LIVE IN YOUR

REALITIES.

SOMETIMES IT IS SO FAR BRIDGING

THE GAP IS A LIFE LONG PURSUIT.

REPORTER: THAT IS WHY T.D.

JAKES SIGNED ON AS PRODUCER WITH

LEMO

LEMONS.

WE VISITED LEMONS ON SET DURING

THE 33 DAYS OF SHOOTING THE MOST

EMOTIONAL WORK OF HER CAREER.

MY SISTER DIED IN THE PROCESS

OF WORKING ON IT.

THAT WAS EXTREMELY HARD LOSS.

CATACLYSMIC.

I DIDN'T KNOW, NOT JUST THAT I

WAS EVER GOING TO BE ABLE TO

WRITE AGAIN, REALLY HOW I WAS

GOING TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THAT

LOSS.

SOME HOW I PUT ALL MY FEELINGS

INTO THE PIECE IN A WAY I CAN'T

QUITE DESCRIBE.

IT IS VERY PERSONAL.

REPORTER: THERE WAS A RICH

HISTORY BEHIND THIS BIG SCREEN

PRODUCTION OF "THE BLACK

NATIVITY" IT WAS WRITTEN BY

LANGSTON HUGHS AND PERFORMED OFF

BROADWAY IN 1961.

*

REPORTER: JUST LIKE 1961

PRODUCTION, THIS ADAPTATION

FILLED WITH UNFORGETTABLE MUSIC.

CASEY LEMONS SAYS THERE IS ONE

MESSAGE IN MUSIC AND STORY LINE.

FOR ME IT CONTAINED HUMAN

LESSONS?

HOW DO YOU KEEP GOING WHEN SO

MUCH BAD HAS HAPPENED?

HOW DO YOU KEEP HAVING FAITH?

THE ANSWER I PUT INTO THE SCRIPT

PROOF OF GOD'S GRACE IS ALL

AROUND YOU.

JUST OPEN YOUR EYES.

EPHRAIM GRAHAM, CBN NEWS, NEW

YORK.

WENDY: ONE MAN'S UNIQUE WAY

OF DELIVERING CHRISTMAS

MIRACLES, ALL WITH A PURPOSE OF

POINTING OTHERS TO JESUS.

WENDY: AN ANONYMOUS DINER HAS

BEEN LEAVING GENEROUS TIPS AT

RESTAURANTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

SIGNING "TIPS FOR JESUS."

LORIE JOHNSON HAS THE STORY.

REPORTER: HE IS QUOTE DOING

THE LORD'S WORK ONE TIP AT A

TIME.

LATEST STOP.

THE STAFF OF MOON DOGS SAYS A

STRANGER AT THE END OF THE BAR

RANG UP $567 CHECK AFTER BUYING

EVERYONE A ROUND.

HE LEFT A $5,000 TIP.

ARE YOU SURE THIS IS WHAT YOU

WANT TO DO?

ABSOLUTELY THIS IS MY WAY OF

GIVING BACK.

REPORTER: TIP DIVIDED UP

AMONG THE STAFF EACH PERSON

GETTING $500.

I HAVE TWO LITTLE GIRLS.

REPORTER: THIS ISN'T THE

FIRST TIME THE MYSTERY TIPPER

STRUCK.

$500 ON A $24 BILL IN HOLLYWOOD,

CALIFORNIA.

$3,000 ON $87 BILL IN AN ARBOR,

MICHIGAN.

THE LIST GOES ON.

REGULAR CUSTOMERS OF MOON DOGS

SAY THOSE AT THE RESTAURANT

DESERVE IT.

EVERY YEAR THEY GIVE AWAY FREE

HOLIDAY MEALS TO PEOPLE IN NEED.

LAST THANKSGIVING THEY GAVE

OUT 330 MEALS.

REPORTER: NO ONE KNOWS WHERE

THE MYSTERY TIPPER WILL GO NEXT,

IT IS SURE TO SHOW UP ON HIS

INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT, TIPS FOR

JESUS'.

LORIE JOHNSON, CBN NEWS.

ICONIC NORMAN

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