Category: K-12 Education

  • Report Takes Textbooks to Task

    RALEIGH — A new report, Islam and the Textbooks, documents a quiet coup that has occurred in America’s history textbooks. Produced by the American Textbook Council, the report claims to detail a systematic “sanitizing” of Islamic history and practices. For example, although the destruction and mass murder at the World…

  • Home Schooling an Academic Journey

    RALEIGH — Between 1.9 and 2.2 million children in the United States “go to school with mom,” and many make creative use of museums, travel, and family businesses to achieve educational success. North Carolinians for Home Education estimates that as of March 2003, about 26,000 North Carolina families had registered…

  • On Being a Substitute Teacher

    RALEIGH — On a typical day in North Carolina, hundreds of substitute teachers take control of classes in the state’s 117 public systems, filling in for faculty that are sick, on vacation, or attending conferences. Parents may hear a passing reference to these stand-ins as children give a synopsis of…

  • Colorado Makes the Right Choice

    Colorado Gov. Bill Owens has just signed into law the nation's most sweeping program of school choice, extending educational opportunity to as many as 20,000 children. North Carolina should be next.

  • After-School Program Fails to Deliver

    RALEIGH — Disappointing academic results have led to closer scrutiny of 21st Century Community Learning Centers, the nation’s largest federally funded after-school program. The Community Learning Centers were funded by Congress to boost academic achievement. A variety of academic and cultural enrichment activities have been part of the center’s approach.

  • New Study Shows Gains from Choice

    RALEIGH — Most North Carolinians would say they continue to enjoy a large amount of personal freedom. But North Carolina is only a ‘partly free state,’ according to education researcher Dr. Jay Greene. His latest study placed North Carolina 27th in the nation. This middle-of-the-pack slot is an improvement over…