Robert Sealock of Chapel Hill has something to say and the News & Observer let him say it!
In his May 3 letter “ A standards evaluation commission the way to go,” Jerry Tillman, a legislator from Archdale, tried to prove that Republicans are not politicizing the battle against common core by citing Dr. Terry Stoops, head of education at the John Locke Foundation.
Then the very first sentence of that foundation’s position paper on common core, written by Stoops, cites Lindsey Burke of the Heritage Foundation. Not only are both of these organizations noted for their anti-tax, anti-anything-Obama political activities, neither has any credential in education. Getting one’s talking points from these organizations is not politicization? Come on.
Quite a contrast to the adjacent, well-reasoned, experience-based Point of View piece from fellow conservative Phil Kirk, who laments that some conservative organizations, having failed to derail the Affordable Care Act, have tried to tie common core to Obama.
Apparently, the standards for publishing a letter in the N&O aren’t what they used to be. In the past, they required sound reasoning, facts, and basic argumentation skills. Now, they’ll accept any flimsy, guilt-by-association piece they can find. God forbid they should publish letters that actually address the substance of an argument!
I did a search for Robert Sealock from Chapel Hill. Apparently, he is a biology professor at the UNC School of Medicine, Department of Cell Biology and Physiology.