Higher education (page 8)

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    Martin Center column tackles ‘red pedagogy’

    Shannon Watkins of the Martin Center focuses on a recent controversy surrounding a proposed N.C. charter school. Schools of education have particularly become the home of critical theorists—who aim to radically alter society according to a Marxist-informed vision. Critical theorists’ campaign to insert their “revolutionary” ideas into K-12 classroom…
    Mitch Kokai, December 9, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online about a panel discussion highlighting the negative impact of social justice activism on N.C. higher education. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains how a recent court decision should help keep Gov. Roy Cooper in his lane.
    Mitch Kokai, December 9, 2019
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    Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good: College football playoff edition

    Skip this entry if you’re looking for commentary about Donald Trump, Roy Cooper, or some other aspect of public policy. What follows deals primarily with the less important topic of college football playoffs. To justify its inclusion in the “Locker Room,” I’ll note two policy-related items. First, excitement about the…
    Mitch Kokai, December 8, 2019
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    Martin Center’s Leef pushes back against narrative of college dropout ‘scandal’

    George Leef of the Martin Center labels pundits’ concerns over college dropouts “overhyped.” About 40 percent of Americans who enroll in college drop out before earning a certificate or degree. A high percentage of those who drop out are from poor families; they attended K-12 schools where academic standards…
    Mitch Kokai, December 6, 2019
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    Silent Sam Deal Could Encourage Copycats

    This week, Carolina Journal’s Lindsay Marchello and Rick Henderson wrote a piece on the potential impacts of the recent settlement regarding a Confederate statue. The UNC Board of Governors announced Wednesday, Nov. 26, that it reached an agreement with the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) to transfer Silent Sam,…
    Brenee Goforth, December 6, 2019
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    Paul’s proposed student loan fix

    Brad Polumbo writes for the Washington Examiner about Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s idea for addressing concerns about college student loans. Republicans and sensible liberals alike are right to point out the ample flaws in “free college” proposals, regressive policies that would amount to a government handout to the…
    Mitch Kokai, December 5, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello and Rick Henderson report for Carolina Journal Online about the potential impact of the Silent Sam agreement on other Confederate monument disputes. Kristen Blair’s Daily Journal focuses on kids’ near-constant exposure to media.
    Mitch Kokai, December 5, 2019
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    Martin Center column highlights a higher ed ‘fix’

    Andy Smarick writes for the Martin Center about a “new-schools” strategy to improve higher education. It would be easy to conclude, after a quick look at some topline findings about higher education in recent years, that a set of misguided practices and policies has distorted college enrollment, completion, and…
    Mitch Kokai, December 4, 2019