Education

 

WSSU and Bowman Gray Stadium: A Bad Deal

Last November, Chancellor Donald Reaves of Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) joined Nathan Hatch, the President of Wake Forest University, and Susan Pauly, president of Salem Academy and College, at a forum in Winston-Salem to talk about something Reaves has frequently talked about the last few years: the rising cost of…

 

DPI Defense of Common Core Is Mystifying – Part I

On June 13 the state Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released Common Core Demystified. The document was intended to quell what DPI regarded as confusion and stem the growing public opposition to Common Core Standards (CCS). Long story short: It hasn’t. Common Core Demystified contains numerous inaccuracies and repeats false…

 

The True Conservative Response on Common Core

In a misnamed article, “Common Core is a conservative victory,” Republican education reformers Chester Finn and Michael Petrilli used a recent News &Observer op-ed to try and persuade North Carolina conservatives to support the new national Common Core education standards. I respect Finn and Petrilli and frequently agree with them.…

 

Why North Carolina Needs a Voucher Bill

North Carolina lawmakers have an opportunity. After spirited debate by participants on both sides of the aisle, last week members of the House Education Committee approved a bill (HB 944) to provide low income children with a voucher of up to $4,200 to attend nonpublic schools. The action was an…

 

Expert Highlights Dangers in Common Core Standards

Last fall public schools in North Carolina along with 44 other states began implementing Common Core Standards. The standards — developed by academic experts and private trade associations with the financial backing of several large foundations — have unleashed a brushfire of criticism, fueled in part by the controversial ideas…

 

3 Big Errors in N&O Voucher Op-Ed

Not true – that’s my response to the oped by Yevonne Brannon and Nick Rhodes in last week’s News & Observer about school vouchers and their supposed harmful impacts on students and schools. Let’s look at three of the biggest errors. Brannon and Rhodes claim the current voucher (up to…

 

Bill Gives Students Real Choice in Education

Earlier this week Representatives Rob Bryan (R-Mecklenburg), Brian Brown (R-Pitt) and Marcus Brandon (D-Guilford) introduced HB 944,  the Opportunity Scholarship Act. The legislation allows children from families with limited financial resources to apply for a scholarship grant of up to $4,200 per year.  The grants could be used to help pay…

 

Common Core: Worse than you Think

The second of two parts. In a previous article, I highlighted questionable assumptions underlying national Common Core Standards (CCS) in English and mathematics, which in 2010 were adopted by the North Carolina State Board of Education.  Let’s look at CCS’s three other major flaws. Diminished Parental and State Influence Imposing…

 

Common Core Standards Will Impose an Unproven ‘One Size Fits All’ Curriculum on North Carolina

In 2010 the North Carolina State Board of Education unanimously adopted national Common Core Standards (CCS) in English and mathematics. The standards — spearheaded by two independent organizations, the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers — were developed to better prepare students for college or…

 

Pre-K Programs Deserve Skeptical Look

It’s time for North Carolina and federal leaders to develop healthy skepticism about large-scale government-run pre-kindergarten education in schools – because there’s mounting evidence that the programs do little or no good. Dianna Lightfoot had been set to become director of childhood development and early education in the North Carolina…

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