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How not to teach elementary school science

CURRICULUM CRITIQUE: SCOTT, FORESMAN’S “DISCOVER SCIENCE” [When organizing some digital archives on this rainy Saturday, I came across this paper that I had written in the early 1990’s while taking a course for a lateral entry teaching certificate.  I don’t know if this … Continue reading

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High Scores at Low Cost: A Taxpaying Parent’s Dream, A Bureaucrat’s Nightmare.

Abstract When free-enterprise solutions are unleashed in a competitive environment controlled by local parental choice not remote bureaucratic dictates, both students and taxpayers win. A charter school in Southeastern North Carolina has a 15-year time-tested model for

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The Star Spangled Banner Asks a Question. What is its answer?

[The following is the text of a brief address that I gave to an assembly of students at Charter Day School, Leland, NC in 2004.  I have repeated it several times since and now share it with you on the … Continue reading

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Transparency – What you may not know…

Governments by Open Records: The original purpose of transparency through Open Meetings and Public Records and LEA salary disclosures is that these laws applied to the governments which made the rules and controlled the public’s money– the governments, whether state … Continue reading

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Memorial Day

(left) Capt. Mitchell Johnston, VF-16 Navy F6F ACE on the Hornet. Flew with Butch O’Hare,

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Some Media Slow to Report Facts…

[This comment was posted in response to a WECT May 20th article berating Charter Day School, RBA, and me for being slow to WECT’s demand for a list of all teachers’ salaries – personal information that we believe is private, … Continue reading

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21st Century Globally Competitive – Late to the Party?

Edville, USA – The hue and cry for our schools to produce students who are “21st Century Globally Competitive” now stretches from sea to shining sea across our great nation.

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Grading Children at a Play

Grading Children at a Play (with apologies to Robert Frost) Whose son this is I think I know, His mom is in the lockup, though. She will not see me judging here To watch her boy’s skit win the show.

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The enhancing of charter schools

As a longtime supporter of charter schools, I am relieved to watch bi-partisan legislators as they assist this popular and proven system for school improvement and further enhance it as a force for strengthening public education for all children in … Continue reading

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Last Charge – April 15, 1865 – Co. F, 1st Tennessee Cavalry Regt.

150 years ago at Little Creek two miles east of Chapel Hill…

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