Category: Civil Society

  • George H.W. Bush: patriot, statesman, president. RIP

    When I reflect on the “Greatest Generation,” I’m always amazed at the selflessness which characterized them. Men and women stood tall, rolled up their sleeves — and fought in Europe and the Pacific, saving the world from tyranny. They knew the stakes, they understood their mission in combat or back…

  • In high school, the easy ‘A’ is even easier 

    Call it high-grade high school. When it comes to letter-grade earning power, high-schoolers are rich indeed. Grade inflation is real and it’s inequitable, padding the GPAs of wealthier students faster than others. Such are the findings of a Fordham Institute study that tracked grades in North Carolina public schools for over…

  • Q&A: School choice critics attack private schools over curriculum issues 

    Opponents of school choice in North Carolina are attacking the curricula in private schools. They argue that Opportunity Scholarship vouchers steer students toward schools that prepare them inadequately for college-level coursework or certain careers. One person who has heard this argument before in other parts of the country is Matthew…

  • Who decides what public schools teach? 

    I don’t write much about what happens inside of the classroom simply because there is so little information about it. Content standards adopted by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction outline the sequence, topics, and learning goals for each grade and subject. Curricula and instructional decisions are made on…

  • Latest voter ID bill has wide support, but legal challenges loom

    A bipartisan bill to implement the state’s new constitutional amendment requiring photo identification to vote whisked through the Senate Select Committee on Elections by unanimous vote. A second round of debate in the Senate Rules Committee and a second floor vote are set for Wednesday, Nov. 28.

  • Why aren’t we running out of turkeys?

    In the United States, there are between 45 million and 46 million turkeys killed each year by profit-seeking farmers for consumption at Thanksgiving dinners around the country. In total, about 245 million turkeys are raised on American farms every year, with pretty much all of them headed for an afterlife…

  • Impactful N.C. congressmen: From the Civil War to World War II  

    I have shared a list about North Carolina politics with you before. It was fun, at least for me. Here’s another one. In no particular order, these are my top five most interesting and impactful members of the state’s congressional delegation from the critical Civil-War-until-World-War-II period.    George Henry White only served…