Category: Opinion

  • Take time to broaden the mind

    From 2011 to 2017, the number of degrees awarded in history, religion, literature, philosophy, liberal arts, and the humanities went down, by 20 percent or more in some cases.

  • 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…

  • Silent Sam to get a fort

    Silent Sam’s proposed new home will not be a shrine, as some critics have labeled it, but a fortress built to fend off physical attack.

  • It’s not about urban versus rural

    If you talk a lot about “urban” issues such as the optimal location of light-rail lines or “rural” issues such as the plight of family farms, most of the population will tune you out.

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Redistributing income isn’t investment

    There are clearly public investments worth raising taxes to finance — but after a certain point, higher taxes depress valuable private investment more than they increase valuable public investment.

  • Keep state spending in check

    So far, legislative fiscal analysts project that General Fund revenue is about $64 million higher than originally projected when the 2018-19 budget plan was enacted.