Category Archives: Child care/children/early childhood development

Last Day for Input on Sen. Alexander’s Draft of ESEA

Today is the last day for public input on Sen. Alexander’s draft bill that reauthorizes the Elementary Secondary Education Act (No Child Left Behind).  Chairman Alexander and his staff have asked for input from the public on his discussion draft by Monday, February 2 via the e-mail address:  FixingNCLB@help.senate.gov.  Comments will be shared with allContinue Reading

NC hiring State Breastfeeding Coordinator

I have no problem with breastfeeding or those who promote it.  But I wonder if the state of North Carolina truly needs a State Breastfeeding Coordinator. Is this the best use of taxpayer dollars?

Let parents parent

We’ve seen it with school lunches, and with kids allowed to play on their own in parks.  Now here’s one with parents who let their children walk home unsupervised.  A ten-year-old and a six-year-old allowed to walk a mile without their parents.  Shock. You may agree or disagree with the approach that these parents take,Continue Reading

How to address the “troubling future” of NC’s children

In response to a new Annie E. Casey Foundation report, The KIDS COUNT Data Book, News & Observer editors write, These findings, released this week and reported by WRAL, should disturb all North Carolinians. The report should bother the state’s leaders, Gov. Pat McCrory and those who run the General Assembly. And it must prompt some fact-findingContinue Reading

NC legislature two steps ahead of the cursive “comeback”

According to Education Week, cursive is ready for a comeback.  The article offers an instructive anecdote. When an undergraduate in her university’s [University of Illinois] Rare Book and Manuscript Library asked for help with a manuscript she was reading, library director Valerie Hotchkiss assumed it was something difficult. An obscure Latin text, perhaps, or a letterContinue Reading

Obama’s school lunch crusade: A disaster for NC

Championed by First Lady Michelle Obama and passed in 2010, The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act was designed to provide more nutritious school meals for public school children.   In North Carolina, this well-intentioned piece of legislation has been a catastrophe, sort of like New Coke. This week, the N.C. State Board of Education will hear anContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Evelyn Howell reports for Carolina Journal Online on the Republican primary in N.C. House District 95. John Hood’s Daily Journal argues that North Carolina kids deserve both a Smart Start and “Smart Finish.”

A top pre-K supporter offers interesting caveats

The latest Bloomberg Businessweek features an article on Nobel Prize-winning economist James Heckman’s advocacy for increased taxpayer funding of prekindergarten programs. Read just the headline (especially the online version’s declaration that “Early Childhood Education Benefits All”), and you’re likely to miss an interesting caveat included near the end of the piece. “If there are peopleContinue Reading