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    Camp Lejeune teacher is a finalist for National Teacher of the Year award

    Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) teacher Kara Ball, an elementary teacher at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C., is one of four finalists for the National Teacher of the Year award.  According to an Education Week report, Ball teaches elementary students from military families at Camp Lejeune in…
    Terry Stoops, January 4, 2018
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    A history of federal entitlements

    John Cogan explains how federal entitlements have always grown in his new book, The High Cost of Good Intentions. He told stories of veterans’ benefits, FDR’s early opposition to entitlements, the “theatrical sham” of the Social Security Trust Fund on EconTalk with Russ Roberts. You can see the growth…
    Joseph Coletti, December 11, 2017
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    Moving from soldier to scholar

    Jay Schalin of the Martin Center focuses on the difficulty members of the military face when trying to convert their extensive education into academic credentials. [A]cademia is not the only place to learn valuable skills and reasoning. The United States armed forces also have a long track record for…
    Mitch Kokai, December 4, 2017
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    Private Islamic schools are not terrorist training grounds

    At the 2013 N.C. School Boards Association’s Public Policy Conference, then-Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson remarked, With the voucher legislation that we have we could be in dangerous territory as far as taxpayers’ dollars going to private schools. There is nothing in the legislation that would prevent someone…
    Terry Stoops, November 16, 2017
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    Remembering veterans of America’s first war

    Jay Cost of National Review Online explains why we should spend at least a little time thinking about the veterans who helped ensure the United States of America could become a nation in the first place. The Revolutionary War, while not nearly as deadly as the Civil War,…
    Mitch Kokai, November 14, 2017
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    A plea for the president to say ‘No comment’

    Andrew McCarthy of National Review Online wishes President Trump would have kept his feelings about disgraced soldier Bowe Bergdahl to himself. [M]ilitary justice is a unilateral executive-branch system. Even the appellate courts, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, lack structural independence. No matter how…
    Mitch Kokai, October 26, 2017
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    American military academies as ‘Disneyland for politicians’

    Professor Bruce Fleming writes for the Federalist about a common problem plaguing the U.S. service academies, one that would not surprise other critics of American higher education. The military world and military academies—I’m a tenured civilian professor of English at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis—were rocked by…
    Mitch Kokai, October 17, 2017
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    War of words versus actual war

    Despite the escalating rhetoric between President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, National Review Online columnist David French does not expect a military confrontation. [M]any Americans are understandably nervous, but the chances that the war of words will escalate into full-blown conflict are still relatively low. To…
    Mitch Kokai, September 28, 2017