Archive: Aug 2007 (page 11)

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    NC SAT participation increases; performance mirrors the nation in 2007

    In other words, more kids are taking the SAT and scores are declining. According to DPI, “North Carolina’s math score on the SAT dropped four points from 2006 (from 513 last year to 509 in 2007). The critical reading score stayed the same, 495. The average writing score was…
    Locker Room contributor, August 28, 2007
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    Letters tell an interesting story

    To its credit, Newsweek publishes this week letters both supporting and criticizing its recent global warming cover story. You might expect me to highlight the letters panning the magazine. But while those letter writers made some good points, I found more interesting some of the other observations. For…
    Locker Room contributor, August 28, 2007
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    The South Line Lie

    Ed Williams writing about the cost overruns of the South line as some sort of recent event that soured public opinion on CATS is still bugging me. The truth is we have not had an update on the actual cost of the South line in just about one year.
    Jeff Taylor, August 28, 2007
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    Socialism update

    In the news today: From China: “Police in China’s capital said Tuesday they will start patrolling the Web using animated beat officers that pop up on a user’s browser and walk, bike or drive across the screen warning them to stay away from illegal Internet content.” In Nebraska:…
    Locker Room contributor, August 28, 2007
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    The final ramification of obesity

    We’ve heard plenty about the problem of obesity in North Carolina, particularly among kids, as this story discusses. Some people continue to believe the problem is due to a lack of information and ideas. Hogwash. As if people don’t understand that a pattern of sitting on the couch eating…
    donnamartinez, August 28, 2007
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    Giving to colleges

    Today’s Wall Street Journal has an interesting piece discussing the tendency among wealthy alums to donate large sums to colleges other than their alma maters. I knew a man (now deceased) from St. Louis who had graduated from Princeton, but wouldn’t give Princeton a dime due to what…
    Locker Room contributor, August 28, 2007
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    Still adding it up at A&T

    The N&R believes everything’s going to be OK at A&T: The latest audit of N.C. A&T State University is another bitter pill, particularly for James Renick’s reputation. But he’s not chancellor anymore, and A&T’s positive response shows it’s regaining its health. …..For their part, university officials responded forthrightly to…
    Sam Hieb, August 28, 2007
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    But they still like the charter cap

    Today’s 450-word N&O editorial on Wake County’s school calendar uses the words “choice,” “choose,” and “options” seven times. The editorial even has the following: Letting families balance the pros and cons of different options seems like a good way to try to suit everyone as well as possible……
    Locker Room contributor, August 28, 2007