Terry Stoops

Director of the Center for Effective Education | John Locke Foundation

Posts by Terry Stoops (page 226)

  • Governor Perdue: “These children belong to us”

    Governor Perdue addressed the NC Association of Educators (NCAE) One Voice Rally on Tuesday.  During her speech, Perdue declared, “This chapter belongs to us.  These children belong to us.” What did she mean by that statement?  How “we” define “us” has a direct bearing on how North Carolinians educate…
    Terry Stoops, May 5, 2011
  • Most Students Lack Civics Proficiency on NAEP

    Results from the federal National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Civics test were released today.  NAEP reports aggregate scores from a national (and representative) sample of 4th, 8th, and 12th grade students.  The results were not encouraging.  From Education Week, Many high school seniors may be old enough to…
    Terry Stoops, May 4, 2011
  • Canada is Conservative

    Yes, there was an election in Canada and Conservatives won big.  Conservative Stephen Harper was re-elected prime minister and his party won 167 seats.  The NDP [New Democratic Party] gained 102, Liberals won 34, the Bloc Québécois scored four, and the Green Party squeaked out one.  It was a humiliating defeat…
    Terry Stoops, May 3, 2011
  • N&O on the special needs tax credit bill

    The News & Observer discusses the passage of a special needs tax credit bill under the headline, “Private school aid advances.”  Actually, a rather limited number of parents and special needs kids would receive the “aid.”  Rumor is that these special needs kids would receive an education too! I…
    Terry Stoops, April 27, 2011
  • Georgia law raises school accreditation stakes

    From Education Week, A newly signed law in Georgia that gives the governor the power to remove school board members in a district that does not have full accreditation is bringing fresh scrutiny to the role of AdvancED, a private agency that accredits schools in that state and 48…
    Terry Stoops, April 26, 2011
  • Should we lengthen the school day, year?

    Duke University professor Harris Cooper says that it is time to rethink how we organize the school calendar. Let’s excuse Dr. Cooper for his mistaken belief that the purpose of summer vacation was to allow “kids to be off to work in the fields.”  Rather, let’s entertain the notion…
    Terry Stoops, April 25, 2011
  • 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