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Education quote of the day

“To criticize leftist educational philosophies…is a far cry from wanting to destroy public schools.  Such criticism is not only the right but the duty of good citizenship, if our public schools are to be protected and preserved as makers of good and loyal American citizens.” – Otto Dohrenwend, Letter to the New York Times, JulyContinue Reading






Here comes the pronunciation police

From Education Week: Mispronouncing Students’ Names: A Slight That Can Cut Deep. According to the article, “If they’re encountering teachers who are not taking the time to learn their name or don’t validate who they are, it starts to create this wall,” said Rita (ree-the) Kohli, an assistant professor in the graduate school of educationContinue Reading






NC state government generous compared to other states

Last year, North Carolina’s state government provides the 10th highest percentage share of K-12 education revenue in the nation.  According to the National Education Association’s Rankings and Estimates report, state government revenue accounts for 59.8 percent of all K-12 public school funding. North Carolina was second only to Kentucky, which had a 61 percent share,Continue Reading






NC teacher pay: 41st (no COL) and 33rd (COL) in the nation

The National Education Association (NEA) finally released Rankings of the States 2015 and Estimates of School Statistics 2016. As WRAL has reported, North Carolina is ranked 41st in teacher pay this year and ranked 42nd last year, according to NEA estimates. But the NEA ranking does not take cost of living (COL) into account.  TheyContinue Reading






Beckel: “Biggest issues of the day…can’t be solved by presidential decree”

Today, President Obama will issue a decree “telling public schools across the nation to allow transgenders to use the bathrooms of the gender with which they identify.” It was not long ago that Democrats warned that such approaches would do little to solve the nation’s biggest problems.  Here is Bob Beckel, Democratic strategist, talking aboutContinue Reading






Respect = more money

Public school teachers demand respect!  But what does that mean? Stuart Egan, an English teacher at West Forsyth High School, gives us the answer – more money and less accountability.  Mr. Egan writes (emphases added), A reward sounds like something that can be used as a political ploy. Respect needs no political prompt. A rewardContinue Reading






2015 Biasy Award

I was honored to serve as one of the judges for the 2015 Biasy.  Choice Media’s Executive Director Bob Bowdon writes, Choice Media has named a story by Valerie Strauss of the Washington Post as winner of the 2015 Biasy — the first-ever award for media bias in education content. The winning story, “Charter schoolContinue Reading






Why yes, it is School Lunch Hero Day

To celebrate School Lunch Hero Day 2016, I give you “Lunch Lady Land” by Adam Sandler.






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