(5.29.08) Homeschooling Grows Up
No longer in the throes of adolescence, North Carolina’s homeschooling movement celebrated its 20th birthday this year. Much has changed since the General Assembly moved to legalize homeschooling in 1988. Here and across the nation, the homeschooling movement has grown in stature and popularity – defying stereotypes and occasionally, disarming critics.
(5.22.08) Gender Equity Wars
On Tuesday the American Association of University Women (AAUW) fired another salvo in the gender equity wars. According to their new report, Where the Girls Are: The Facts About Gender Equity in Education, concerns from psychologists and educators about boys’ academic achievement and overall adjustment are vastly overblown.
(5.15.08) Lining up to Teach for America
Numerous interventions – affecting law and policy – have targeted America’s entrenched achievement gap. Yet despite these efforts, poor, minority students still lag far behind their more affluent, white peers.
(5.01.08) Doing Something About Choice
Good ideas demand action. As mathematician and philosopher Alfred North Whitehead once said, “Ideas won’t keep: something must be done about them.” This is certainly true of school choice.
(4.24.08) Education, a Primary Concern
K-12 education ranks as a top concern among voters in North Carolina’s upcoming gubernatorial election. In an Elon University poll released Monday, education even edged out the economy: 53 percent of North Carolinians indicated education would influence their vote in the governor’s race, compared to 51 percent who cited the economy and 46 percent who referenced taxes.
(4.17.08) Sending out an SOS
Across the nation, the inner-city Catholic school is fast becoming a relic of the past. Will we throw these much-loved schools a lifeline? Such is the question posed by a new Thomas B. Fordham Institute report, Who Will Save America’s Urban Catholic Schools?, released to coincide with Pope Benedict’s visit to the U.S. this week.
(4.10.08) Not the Write Stuff
Writing well is hard to do. It requires skill, time, and lots of effort. Would-be writers must also learn the fundamentals of English usage, style, and grammar. Ten million purchases of the venerated 1959 manual, The Elements of Style, are proof positive of the timeless need for sensible guidance in the rules of writing.
(4.04.08) Give Credit Where Credit Is Due
Education tax credits help parents choose the best options for their children.
(4.03.08) Give Credit Where Credit is Due
Across the country, tax credit legislation is fast emerging as a popular, politically viable path to educational choice. Democrats and Republicans alike have embraced tax credits as a way to widen the aperture of educational freedom for low- and middle-income families. Seven states have already passed laws permitting tax credits or deductions for education expenses, empowering parents and saving millions of dollars.