• John Locke Update

    The Government Comes for Parents

    posted October 8, 2021 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Rising tensions between school officials and parents are real, but they are not cause for concern. Attorney General Merrick Garland agreed to use U.S. Department of Justice resources to address National School Boards Association concerns about purported threats of violence and acts of intimidation against school board members. Cooper and state education officials should send a joint letter to the Department of Justice declining federal assistance unless confronted with irrepressible violence at school board meetings.
  • John Locke Update

    Why Are Parents So Angry?

    posted October 7, 2021 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Parents want public schools to focus on academics and implement coronavirus mitigation policies that acknowledge the costs and unsettled questions associated with masks and vaccines. The erosion of trust between public schools and families feeds the perception that board members, school administrators, and educators are not listening to parents’ legitimate concerns. Adding to the frustration is the fact that taxpayers realize that they have limited options: elect a new school board majority or enroll their children in a school of choice.
  • John Locke Update

    Mask Wars? There Is a Way Forward

    posted September 15, 2021 by Dr. Robert Luebke
    School districts' mask requirements reveal deep differences about who should make decisions about children’s health and how they are educated. Florida allows parents of children who were threatened or bullied because of mask choice to attend another public or private school of their choice. North Carolina should consider similar legislation; giving parents the choice over how and where their child is educated is key to ending the mask wars.
  • John Locke Update

    Where Did Critical Race Theory Come From?

    posted September 14, 2021 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Critical race theorists argue that white supremacy is an underlying structure at the heart of American institutions, social structures, and professed ideals. Marxism offered a starting point for the development of Critical Theory and Postmodernism in the twentieth century. These intellectual movements sought to extend Karl Marx’s critique of capitalism to other aspects of society, politics, and culture. Starting in the 1970s, a group of legal scholars borrowing heavily from Critical Theory and Postmodernism began creating an intellectual foundation that would become critical race theory.
  • John Locke Update

    What Are School Mask Mandates Doing to Children?

    posted September 7, 2021 by Jon Sanders
    Nearly every public school district in North Carolina is forcing face masks on students. Researchers are sounding the alarm about the psychological, physical, social, developmental, and academic harms of masks on young schoolchildren. With the benefits so uncertain and the potential costs so large, we must be asking whether these mandates are really worth it.
  • John Locke Update

    Lt. Gov. Robinson Lays Out the F.A.C.T.S. About Indoctrination in Schools

    posted August 30, 2021 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Last week, Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson released the first report from the F.A.C.T.S. Task Force, which highlighted various parental concerns about classroom instruction. At the same time, lawmakers have proposed legislation that would offer additional tools for increasing transparency and accountability. While the submissions are not indicative of the scope of the problem, it is undeniable that thereis a problem with indoctrination in some public school classrooms.
  • John Locke Update

    Teaching Future Educators to Be CRT Warriors in Five Easy Steps

    posted August 9, 2021 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Teacher training programs actively promote critical race theory (CRT). A white paper published in 2020 by three North Carolina State University education professors outlines a five-step process for transforming prospective English language arts teachers into disciples of CRT. CRT-informed English instruction prioritizes activism over student achievement.
  • John Locke Update

    Civitas Poll: North Carolinians are worried about politicization and indoctrination in K-12 schools

    posted June 24, 2021 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    65% of likely North Carolina voters believe that classroom instruction in K-12 schools has become more political over the last five years. 57% of survey participants agreed that teachers give their personal beliefs in the classroom to influence the beliefs of children. To address these problems, respondents supported a proposed academic transparency requirement and a mandate that teachers show no preference for certain ideas.
  • John Locke Update

    Worried About Critical Race Theory? Tell School Boards to Get to Work

    posted June 16, 2021 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    State law empowers school boards to establish policies to ensure adherence to the code of ethics for North Carolina educators, which requires that teachers "not proselytize for personal viewpoints that are outside the scope of professional practice." School boards have broad authority to make curriculum decisions, select instructional materials, and create community media advisory committees tasked with addressing concerns about the appropriateness of textbooks and other resources.
  • John Locke Update

    Social studies standards would guarantee another generation of ignorant adults

    posted February 3, 2021 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    North Carolina needs social studies standards focused on civic literacy and dedicated to providing students a balanced perspective of American history. A balanced view does not attempt to conceal the nation’s mistakes. Instead, it gives equal weight to failures and successes. It identifies errors and facts. It affirms our ideals, even as we work to create a society that honors them.

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