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    Martin Center Column Urges Education About Socialist Failures

    Fabio Rojas writes for the Martin Center about the need for serious education about socialism. Karl Marx is a common fixture on college course syllabi. From English to sociology to philosophy, the German socialist’s writings are explained, analyzed, and dissected. I find myself, a teacher of modern social theory,…
    Mitch Kokai, June 16, 2021
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    The latest on Glossarygate

    After I exposed some troubling issues with the proposed social studies glossary developed by N.C. Department of Public Instruction curriculum staff, the State Board of Education (SBE) delayed their vote on the glossary and asked curriculum staff to go back to the drawing board.  On June 17, the…
    Terry Stoops, June 15, 2021
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    America’s ‘Existential’ Civics Education Crisis Explored

    Joy Pullmann of the Federalist places today’s debates over civics education in context. As leftists push for greater control of what children learn about American history and how Americans define their civic responsibilities, a majority of Americans support more “civics education,” an interesting new Heritage Foundation survey finds.
    Mitch Kokai, June 15, 2021
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    1619 Project Inspires Attack on Second Amendment

    David Harsanyi of National Review Online exposes a misguided attempt to rewrite the history of American gun rights. Left-wing academic Carol Anderson’s new book, The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America, is all over the news. “The Second Amendment is not about guns — it’s…
    Mitch Kokai, June 10, 2021
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    WATCH: This Is What Nikole Hannah-Jones Claims Is The Basis of Our Founding

    On Monday our Shaftesbury Society forum looked at the controversy over the hiring of New York  Times reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones by UNC-Chapel Hill’s journalism school and the claims Hannah-Jones makes about the founding of our country in the 1619 Project.  Our guests included Peter Wood, President of the…
    Donna Martinez, June 9, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online Features

    John Trump reports for Carolina Journal Online on the N.C. Senate’s rejection of Gov. Roy Cooper’s nominee to lead the state Department of Environmental Quality. Ray Nothstine’s CJ Opinion contrasts today’s dubious critical race theory with the admirable civil rights movement.
    Mitch Kokai, June 3, 2021
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    State Board of Education should reject proposed social studies glossary

    Update: On June 3, the State Board of Education voted to postpone their vote on the K-5 social studies unpacking documents, crosswalk, strand map, and glossary. Among other matters, members of the board raised concerns about the quality of the glossary. Superintendent of Public Instruction Catherine Truitt pledged to work…
    Terry Stoops, June 1, 2021
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    Princeton’s Classics Majors No Longer Need Latin, Greek — Too Racist?

    Brittany Bernstein writes at National Review Online about one Ivy League department’s capitulation to the woke crowd. Classics majors at Princeton University will no longer be required to learn Greek or Latin in a push to create a more inclusive and equitable program, an effort that was given…
    Mitch Kokai, June 1, 2021