Terry Stoops

Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Posts by Terry Stoops (page 148)

  • Professional development: A waste of time

    Wake County middle school teacher Bill Ferriter pans the waste of time known as professional development.  The idea of professional development is sound.  Teachers should continue to improve their subject knowledge and instructional skills throughout their career.  In practice, professional development seldom provides teachers the kind of practical, appropriate,…
    Terry Stoops, April 20, 2011
  • Behold: NASCAR Valley

    In an article titled “Mapping NASCAR Valley: Charlotte as a Knowledge Community” (Southeastern Geographer, Spring 2011), East Carolina University geographers Ronald Mitchelson and Derek Alderman explain, We refer to the locational clustering of stock car racing’s industrial activities in and around the Charlotte region as ‘‘NASCAR Valley,’’ a term inspired…
    Terry Stoops, April 19, 2011
  • Students grade the schools

    According to a recent AP poll, many young adults believe that their high schools did a medicore job preparing them for higher education and/or employment.  We should be using feedback from high school graduates to improve our high schools, rather than conducting the usual echo chamber reform efforts. Q.
    Terry Stoops, April 19, 2011
  • Charter schools: More than just “laboratories”

    Those who oppose charter schools, as well as those who say they don’t but really do, have argued that charter schools have not lived up to their promise of being “laboratories of innovation.”  The truth is that innovation is one of six purposes of charter schools, as outlined in the…
    Terry Stoops, April 13, 2011
  • Parental choice: Free or forced?

    Tyler Whittenberg, education and law policy fellow at the N.C. Justice Center, nails it in his latest op-ed.  By “it,” I mean the last line of the piece.  Here is the concluding paragraph of the op-ed: Would you want to send your child to a school that avoids accountability…
    Terry Stoops, April 12, 2011
  • Paternalism unleashed: No brown bags at Chicago school

    Chicago’s Little Village Academy public school plans to ban “brown bag” or homemade lunches.  According to principal and amateur nutritionist Elsa Carmona, “Nutrition wise, it is better for the children to eat at the school.  It’s about … the excellent quality food that they are able to serve (in…
    Terry Stoops, April 12, 2011
  • Georgia Democrats: AdvancED “micromanaging, meddling”

    Public school districts in North Carolina and Georgia are unhappy with accreditation agency/bully AdvancED, and legislators in both states are fighting back.  In North Carolina, Republicans from Wake and Burke counties are leading the opposition, but in Georgia, African-American Democrats from the Atlanta area are objecting to AdvancED’s “micromanaging,…
    Terry Stoops, April 11, 2011
  • Conservatives, tea parties, and mysterious forces

    Does "conservative" and "tea party" mean the same thing?  The writers at Education Week appear to want readers to think so.  In an article titled, "Tea partiers playing a role in some school board races," Ed Week identifies Wake County as the "best known example" of the tea party movement's involvment in school board politics.  Of course, do not ask them for evidence. They ain't got it. Though difficult to quantify, the same forces that swept conservative candidates into office on the congressional and state levels appear to be working their way down to some local races. Did you get that?  The title of the piece declares that tea partiers are playing a role in school board races, but the involvement of the tea party cannot be quantified (unless you, I don't know, polled voters in these areas).  Furthermore, there are similar "forces" that are "working their way down" to school board races.  What are these magical forces and do they have anything to do with midi-chlorians?
    Terry Stoops, April 6, 2011