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.
UBA Med School
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 Mitchell Continue reading
Posted in Education - K-12, Learning and Education, Politics, Politics - NC, Uncategorized
Tagged charter legislation, charter schools, general assembly, mark Johnson, NC Constitution, SBE, state superintendent
Government audits reveal win-win for education and choice
Government audits[i] [ii] undisputedly prove that Durham Public Schools’ total revenue increased for its students in 2017 over 2016 despite a slight decrease in enrollment. Both revenue statements and balance sheet items support the reality that DPS and its students gained financially from 2016 to 2017 by numerous measures. The total revenue for its students increased by more than $6.5 million and the enrollment decreased by 354 students. Continue reading
Posted in Education - K-12, Learning and Education, Politics, Politics - NC, Reviews, Uncategorized
Tagged charter schools, elementary education, funding, K12, Ladd, LGC audits, main-stream media
By Patrick Deneen, February 2, 2016
My students are know-nothings. They are exceedingly nice, pleasant, trustworthy,
Dr. Patrick Deneen
mostly honest, well-intentioned, and utterly decent. But their brains are largely empty, devoid of any substantial knowledge that might be the fruits of an education in an inheritance and a gift of a previous generation. They are the culmination of western civilization, a civilization that has forgotten nearly everything about itself, and as a result, has achieved near-perfect indifference to its own culture.
The purpose of language is to convey ideas. Whether written or spoken, our use should maximize clarity. Continue reading
On Wednesday March 29, Betsy DeVos, the Secretary of Education, gave a thoughtful speech before the Brookings Institution. She appropriately noted that, “parents know what is best for their kids. No parent should be denied the opportunity to send his or her son or daughter to a school with confidence that he or she can learn, grow and be safe.”
The sad fact is that most parents and their children are trapped in their neighborhood public schools. Continue reading
Guest Opinion, By Lindalyn Kakadelis, Senior Consultant
Wilmington, NC – School Superintendent Tim Markley’s “confidential,” memo laments his inability to raise scores of black students in schools with majority populations of minority and low-income students. The only option left to him, it seems, is to follow Wake and Mecklenburg’s failed attempts at busing— that is, to assign students to schools based on their socio-economic status rather than their proximity to a school. Continue reading