Monthly Archives: April 2012

The emperor is coming to town

President Obama is visiting UNC’s campus today to deliver a policy speech about interest rates on student loans (and to tape an episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon). Roads are closing; traffic will be snarled; excitement is in the … Continue reading

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Opting out only goes so far

Next week, most students in New Jersey will spend four days taking the state-mandated end-of-year tests.  But not Will Richardson’s son. In New Jersey, parents can legally opt out of the tests, and that’s what Will and his wife decided … Continue reading

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Why not teach about war? We’re fighting two right now…

Today’s Doonesbury cartoon made a powerful impression on me, and reminded me that 10-year-old students today, who were born after 9/11/01, have probably not learned very much about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq — wars that we’ve been fighting for their … Continue reading

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Libraries are cool; students should get to explore them

My son Ben recently asked me how people learned to fly.  We live in North Carolina, and our license plates advertise that we are “First in Flight,” referring to Orville and Wilbur’s famous 1903 flight in Kitty Hawk, NC. I … Continue reading

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