Posted in campaign 2016 Media NC State Government NCGOP Politics

Being White: A, um, “profound sadness”?

Last year, we brought you the story of state Rep. Graig Meyer of Orange County who professed to being ashamed of his “whiteness.’‘ That post even caught the eye of The Great One, El Rushbo.  Now, we’ve apparently found a kindred spirit for ol’ Graig…

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Are public high schools failing our kids?

There’s a thought-provoking report out that suggests just THAT: I discovered this in an unpublished manuscript at my annual economics conference: “According to Harrigan and Davies, between 1987 to 2007, 90% of the increased comparative value of a college degree came from the declining performance…

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Home-schooling exploding in popularity in NC

Kay Hagan and her comrades in the drive-by media want to talk about education in terms of  “cuts”, how much is and is not being spent on various government programs, and how evil Republicans are toward the “lil’ chil’ren. ” Well, one phenomenon that is…

Posted in campaign 2014 Education Media NC legislature NC State Government Politics

#NCGA: MORE money for public education? Try being smarter with what you’ve got.

Just try to implement some kind of frugality in public education budgets.  You’ll get all kinds of teeth-gnashing, wailing and crying about starving tha lil’ chil’ren.  The Round Rev and his Moral Monday rabble have hollered about the alleged starvation and destruction of the public…

Posted in Education McClatchy Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Phil Berger

JuneA @ NC DPI: Poorly-performing students repeating a grade ‘a 20th-century artifact’

I am starting to believe that the plastic surgeons have stretched June Atkinson’s face so tight that it is putting pressure on her brain and degrading her motor skills. The godmother of the K-12 public education bureaucracy here in North Carolina has teamed up with…

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The UNC athletics “scandal”: Overlooking the role of K-12 public education

For some years, I’ve had one foot in the academic world and one in the business world.  (I am an adjunct instructor at a number of area colleges here in North Carolina.) It’s been no secret to me that quite a few career academics have…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Education Media NC State Government Politics

Cops to focus on catching crooks, bakers to focus on making bread, and new schools chief to focus on literacy

  Apparently, The Fayetteville Observer thinks it is newsworthy that the new Moore County Schools superintendent is going to focus on ‘literacy.’   Um — what ELSE should he be focusing on? On the face of it, the statement sounds silly.  Though, as a community…