Category: K-12 Education

  • Poor Investment Advice on Education

    North Carolina politicians love to talk about "investing in education." But they are overselling the rate of return — and applying a flawed "labor theory of failure" to schooling.

  • Letting the Education Data Speak

    RALEIGH — For a man whose professional passion in life is statistics, Dr. William Sanders has devoted an enormous amount of his career to education. Sanders’ studies have found that teacher quality is as much as 20 times more important than any other factor in explaining student achievement. And class…

  • NC Bills Would Change Student Testing

    RALEIGH — Sen. Steven Metcalf has filed a bill that would prevent the State Board of Education from introducing any standardized tests into North Carolina schools unless they are required by the No Child Left Behind Act. The bill was prompted by Metcalf's “growing concerns that public school students are…

  • 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…