K-12 Education | 2008 Archive


Mar. 27th — Class Size Conundrum
Do small classes boost student performance? Many parents and teachers think so: polling generally reveals widespread support for class size reduction. Decreasing class size is also popular among legislators, prompting billions of dollars in expenditures to fund ever-shrinking classes in states from California to North Carolina.

Mar. 26th — Understanding The Great Pause
Our state showed some of the largest test-score gains in the country through the mid- to late-1990s. But since then, North Carolina’s performance has been lackluster.

Mar. 24th — On Government By Executive Summary
Government by executive summary (or press release) is dangerous because it can give politicians the false impression that they know what they are talking about.

Mar. 20th — Time To Graduate To Better Ideas
Our current education system is broken, on multiple levels. Solving the problem will not involve simply making kids spend more time in a broken system.

Mar. 20th — Lost in the Middle
Much has been said in recent years about reforming our high schools. Given widespread data documenting a worrisome dropout crisis, this makes good sense. But what about the critical school grades that bridge the gap between late childhood and full-blown adolescence? Do these middle school years impact a student’s determination to stay in school?

Mar. 13th — UNC Wants to Strengthen K-12
RALEIGH — In 2006 when Erskine Bowles gave his inaugural address as president of the University of North Carolina, he listed strengthening K-12 education in the state as a top priority. “Nothing is more important,” he said.

Mar. 13th — Don’t Bully That Pulpit
Bullying on K-12 campuses is a serious problem that merits our renewed attention. Recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics indicate that 28 percent of students between the ages of 12 and 18 are harassed at school.

Mar. 10th — Dismal K-12 Education Makes Colleges Look Good
Choice and competition help American higher education compile a stronger record than the nation's public schools.

Mar. 6th — Historical Fiction
“What’s past is prologue.” These words, from William Shakespeare’s play, The Tempest, affirm that history sets the stage for what’s yet to come. The patterns of the past are, as the Bard wrote, inextricably intertwined with the future.

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