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    The right and wrong way to teach children about protests

    In response to racial justice protests this weekend, a Cabarrus County Schools music teacher shared a series of slides from @wokekindergarten.  Teachers should try to help children make sense of their world, but this is nothing more than anti-police propaganda.              …
    Terry Stoops, June 1, 2020
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    Woke History Is Making Big Inroads in America’s High Schools

    In an article originally published in RealClearInvestigations, former News & Observer reporter John Murawski writes, Like growing numbers of public high school students across the country, many California kids are receiving classroom instruction in how race, class, gender, sexuality, and citizenship status are tools of oppression, power, and privilege. They…
    Terry Stoops, October 22, 2019
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    Teacher responses to “diversity inventory” assignment are appalling

    Yesterday, I mentioned the controversy over a “diversity inventory” assignment given to 10th graders at Heritage High School in Wake County. Today, I am reading through some Facebook responses from public school teachers.  While most teachers do not appear to object to the “diversity inventory” itself, many objected to…
    Terry Stoops, August 30, 2019
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    Parent of Heritage H.S. student concerned about “diversity inventory” assignment

    A 10th grade English teacher at Heritage High School in Wake County distributed a “diversity inventory” to students in her class.  A concerned parent posted an image of the assignment on Facebook. It’s not clear how the teacher planned to use the information or the origin of the worksheet, but…
    Terry Stoops, August 29, 2019
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    They fought the schools and the schools won

    Parents who are dissatisfied with Wake County’s high school math program, the MVP Math Curriculum, mounted a good-faith effort to convince the school board to adopt a math curriculum that addressed their concerns.  The News & Observer has the details. Wake County school leaders stood by the district’s use of…
    Terry Stoops, June 19, 2019
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    Does N.C.’s curriculum require educators to teach about monuments and statues?

    Yes, it does. With news that some ruffians toppled a Confederate memorial statue in Durham, I thought it would be a good time to review what N.C. public school students learn about monuments and statues.                     The social…
    Terry Stoops, August 15, 2017
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    DPI is really focused on messaging

    The Accountability and Curriculum Reform Effort or ACRE was a multi-year effort to revamp almost every aspect of curriculum, testing, and instruction managed by the NC Department of Public Instruction.  For some reason, I received meeting notes for the August 23, 2013 ACRE Regroup Meeting.  Now I’ll share a…
    Terry Stoops, September 18, 2013
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    Common Core video

    The following is a video created by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to promote the Common Core State Standards.  Apparently, getting correct answers in math class and needing paper and pencil to solve a math problem is bad.
    Terry Stoops, April 17, 2013