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November 25, 2014

"Can a Teacher Be Too Dedicated?"

It's really smart for charter schools to take reasonable steps to prevent teacher burnout. If true, this is startling:

. . . nearly half of all teachers nationally leave the classroom within five years.

"5 Ways An Amazing Teacher Shaped My Life"

By the Primary Craig Newmark. (I hope the teacher is still around to read this. It will warm his heart.)

Sort of related: "100-Year-Old Math Teacher Is Still Teaching At An Elementary School In Brooklyn".

November 24, 2014

"'Grit' might be more important than IQ. Now schools need to learn to teach it."

Call me old-fashioned, but maybe this is mostly the parents' responsibility.

"Finally shred the charter-school cap"

Amen to this:

And for those who defend the arbitrary charter cap, it’s time to admit it: You’re not concerned because New Yorkers don’t want charter schools. You’re concerned because they do.

(Link via Instapundit.)

BTW more charters might well help with this: "There Are Nine Middle Schools In NYC That Are Tougher To Get Into Than Harvard".

November 22, 2014

"The Intersection of Race, Sports & Money: 'C'mon Man'"

Everett Glenn, "Pioneer in professional athlete representation," argues that Ol' Roy had to knowabout the goings-on at UNC-Chapel Hill. (Dang gummit!)

Related: "Bob Smizik: How best to punish UNC".

November 20, 2014

"The 25 Most Educated Cities In America"

Raleigh NC ranks second. (Second only to the People's Republic of Ann Arbor.)

November 19, 2014

"Safety Schools, Ranked"

My alma mater, George Washington, is #4. I'm so proud.

November 18, 2014

"The 10 Easiest Classes for North Carolina Athletes"


History of The Triangle Region 215

Requirements: Students will be required to write a 75-page research term paper on the people, economy and culture of the Triangle Region from the 1600s to modern times. Or, for a C-grade, students may draw a triangle or correctly identify a picture of Phil Jackson.

All are good except for the last one, which is a low blow.

November 17, 2014

Genius and . . . not genius

Genius. (Via Instapundit.) Ashe Schow, "A Modest Proposal for Closing the Gender Wage Gap":

And so I humbly present my own proposal for closing the gender wage gap, which I hope will not only solve the problem but also satisfy voices on all sides of the argument. As a society, we must begin telling women what subjects they can major in, what colleges they can attend, and what jobs they can take.

Not genius:

When asked about the accreditation review, UNC Provost Jim Dean told ABC11, "The entire university should not be punished for the academic fraud that went on for nearly 20 years."

"During that period of time that the report represents, we had about 97,000 students and about 3,000 of those students were engaged at the most in this activity," said Dean. "So as bad as it was, to say that it represents the whole university is pretty disingenuous."

I eagerly await the next time a Chapel Hill male student is accused of sexual assault for him to declare, "I've been alive for about 158,000 hours. To take what I did for less than one hour and characterize me as a bad person is disingenuous."

November 11, 2014

"Ex-Tar Heels DL sounds off on UNC academic scandal"

From CBS Sports:

"If you ain't inside of there, you don't know what's going on. But Butch Davis came into a meeting one day and he said 'If y'all came here for an education, you should've went to Harvard,'" Powell told the show's hosts.

(Here's Sports Illustrated's story. Here's Deadspin's.)

Probably the most explosive allegation made by Mr. Powell is that an unspecified "they" told some football players to deliberately do poorly on a test so they could be classified as learning disabled. 

For that and lots more details, see the Pack Pride bulletin board, where the interview was discussed almost in real time. Transcript of Mr. Powell's remarks here (scroll down the page). Loooong thread here

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