• John Locke Update

    Fordham Institute pans North Carolina’s new social studies standards

    posted June 29, 2021 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    A majority of State Board of Education members approved the controversial K-12 social studies standards in February 2021. A new report by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute awarded North Carolina’s new civics and government standards a D− and our U.S. history standards an F. Despite this assessment, plans are underway to implement the new standards in the fall unless the General Assembly intervenes.
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    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.
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    Academic Transparency Does Not Undermine Professionalism; It Promotes It

    posted May 20, 2021 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Academic transparency is one way to guarantee that teachers adhere to the Code of Ethics for North Carolina Educators, which requires that they do not “proselytize for personal viewpoints that are outside the scope of professional practice.” Teachers have an ethical obligation to separate their personal views from their professional responsibilities, particularly when discussing issues as contentious as the conflict in the Middle East.
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    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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    Teachers are staying put, and that’s good news

    posted December 2, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Public school advocacy organizations and teacher unions claim that educator attrition data indicate the health of the teaching profession. If that is the case, then they should be pleased that the rate continues to drop.
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    Candidates and Public Charter Schools, Part 2: Superintendent of Public Instruction

    posted October 7, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Jen Mangrum made it clear that doing "what's best for all our kids" includes slashing the number of charter schools. During the forum, Mangrum reiterated her longstanding belief that charter schools are taking funds from traditional public schools. Her preferred remedy is reinstating a cap on the number of charters.
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    Candidates and Public Charter Schools, Part 1: General Assembly and Council of State

    posted October 6, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    The future of public charter schools in North Carolina may depend on who controls the General Assembly and occupies Council of State offices. If you are a charter school parent like me or simply want to ensure that all families have plentiful educational options, it is critical that you consider candidates’ views of charter schools.
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    A Sweet Victory for School Choice in North Carolina

    posted September 10, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Gov. Roy Cooper’s decision to sign the Coronavirus Relief Act 3.0 is deeply satisfying. After years of enduring his strident opposition to the expansion of school choice in North Carolina, I am delighted to see his signature on legislation that affords additional seats for the state’s two virtual charter schools and three private school choice programs.

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