Archive: Carolina Journal Opinions

  • Beltway consultants will cost GOP the House 

    As we head into final weeks of the midterm elections, there’s a plethora of chatter on the cable news channels about the possibility of either a blue or a red wave.  Much is at stake in November, including control of the House and the Senate, and the chances articles…

  • Time for a primetime Oval Office address on immigration

    President Trump seemed to be cruising along throughout the spring. You could say he was on roll. Chief of Staff John Kelly had brought order and much-needed discipline to the staff, which in the president’s first year often seemed chaotic and was plagued with unforced errors. That scenario now seems…

  • Ensuring school and college work for career 

    The aspirational endgame of K-12 educators is producing “college and career-ready” students. Yet connections between school, college, and career remain tenuous. Many students are unprepared for college coursework because they don’t pursue a sufficiently rigorous high school curriculum. Once in college, they lack confidence that what they learn will benefit…

  • Tax reform that boosts K-12 choices 

    Funding private school just got a little bit easier. A provision in the new federal tax law expands the use of tax-advantaged 529 accounts to include K-12 tuition. Established 20-plus years ago, 529 plans were created to help families save for college and accrue tax-free earnings on contributions. Will expansion…

  • We’ll be seeing lots of 2020 Democratic hopefuls in N.C. 

    As we move into 2018, speculation over who will emerge as the 2020 Democratic nominee for president will begin in earnest.  In my view, the early front-runner is U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Independent socialist from Vermont. Coming seemingly out of nowhere in 2016, Sanders gave Hillary Clinton a…

  • Grades, not tests, are the bellwether for college success 

    It’s a new year, launching another new and notoriously nerve-wracking season of college admissions testing. High school juniors are hoping they’ll dazzle admissions officers with their smarts, savvy, and content mastery, but what will their test scores really demonstrate? Does a high ACT or SAT score reveal readiness for college…

  • Screen media and the evidence on early learning 

    Toddlers with tablets are trendy. So long, stacking and playing; tapping and swiping are the shiny skills of early childhood. As apps, platforms, and streamed content proliferate, parents and educators are left to ponder how screen media impact early learning. Does media immersion inspire bursts of techno-genius? Or does it…

  • Are congressional Republicans the gang that can’t shoot straight?

    Watching from outside of the Washington Beltway, it seems the Republican leadership in Congress is incapable of organizing a two-car funeral, let alone enacting major reform or passing significant legislation. Exhibit No. 1 is the pathetic attempt by House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell…

  • Schools need (social) capital

    One thing I’ve learned from my North Carolina public school education and my private college experience is to support arguments with data. And in hyperpartisan political times, it’s important to separate facts from fiction. Let’s be clear: For the most part, our schools are adequately funded. In the News &…