Joe worked all day with shovel in hand,
Digging a hole on the back of our land.
Behind our cabin so neat and tight,
Now he carries her out and lays her low
With trembling voice and words said slow
He covers her up and goes in for the night.
Public schools are passing students who can’t read at any level — all to avoid blaming teachers, lawmakers, and bureaucrats.
Public schools from coast to coast are failing to teach young students the most basic skill they need to succeed in school and life: reading. This failure is widespread, tragic, and mostly unnecessary. We know how to teach reading, but many school administrators refuse to use the proven methods.
“U.S. schools were not prepared for an overnight shift to virtual learning,” USA Today reported recently, a fact that became obvious to most parents as soon as schools were shut down by the pandemic. In fact, however, some schools—including many charter schools—were better prepared than most traditional public schools.
Far from being ‘resegregated,’ some of our schools are actually majority-minority—and that’s by parents’ free choice.
By Baker A. Mitchell, WSJ|Opinion, Aug. 13, 2019 6:57 pm ET,
Leland, NC With a new school year ahead, the attacks on charter schools have begun anew. In North Carolina we’re hearing outrageous charges of racism. A public-television commentator claimed recently that “resegregation” was the purpose of charter schools “from the start.” Continue reading →
A slightly belated Valentine to my true love – The USA.
Fear and greed are natural instincts and do not need to be taught. However, the survival of our republic depends upon our loving our country, and the basis for this love must be taught – it is not instinctive. Our Founders knew this to be empirically true. Continue reading →
Some of you have asked, “So Professor World-Renowned Biocomputer Expert, what was the problem with the malaria study that got you a three-week trip to the University of Buenos Aires Medical School – courtesy of the Pan American World Health Organization?” Continue reading →
What has been the experience of others who have had tuition-free medical schools? Indelible memories of a trip south may have predictive value.
Buenos Aires, 1972
As Chief of Bioengineering for the University of Texas Cancer Research Center, Anderson Hospital in Houston, I had been asked by the Pan American World Health Organization (PA-WHO) to consult with the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) Medical School on a problem they were having with their computer analysis of data in a large multi-national study of the economic effects of malaria epidemics.
I am posting this internal email by RBA’s Senior Policy Analyst Dr. Erik Root because I felt others would be interested in the one-two smack-down of the State Board of Education by the NC Supreme Court. – Baker MitchellContinue reading →