Weekend humor (sort of) from Celia Rivenbark: Let the teachers teach!
The Scene: Interior of a sixth-grade public school classroom in Floriginia, USA. Teacher: OK, class, today we are going to talk about the Civil Rights Movement. Student: My mama says you can’t indoctorate me so I’m going to have to report you. Teacher: “I think you meant to say “indoctrinate,” Billy, and I’m doing no […]
Monday numbers: A closer look at teacher attrition rates in NC
As North Carolina schools experience unprecedented learning loss across all grades, the state is facing another challenge: How to keep and recruit the best and brightest teachers. It is, in large part, those educators who will determine how well North Carolina's school children bounce back academically two years into the pandemic.
Forsyth County schoolteacher skewers conservative spin on teacher turnover and attrition numbers
As Clayton Henkel reported in yesterday’s Monday Numbers feature, the issue of school teacher turnover and attrition is back in the news again after the release of the latest edition of The State of the Teaching Profession in North Carolina. Those endeavoring to make sense of the new numbers would do well to check out […]
Not exactly: Debunking conservative claims that NC is a “destination” for teachers
AJ Fletcher Foundation education writer Lindsay Wagner posted a fine story yesterday in which she examines the latest in a long series of claims by staffers at the conservative John Locke Foundation that North Carolina is a big teacher magnet, despite an almost decade-long conservative war on public schools. Wagner’s verdict on the conservative claim: […]
Editorial: It’s no surprise that NC’s teacher pipeline is drying up
An editorial in today’s Wilmington Star-News does an excellent job of explaining why the ranks of North Carolina teachers and teachers in training are thinning: “Apparently, a lot fewer people want to be teachers in North Carolina. Gee. Wonder why? Alice Chapman, vice president for academic programs in the University of North Carolina system, told […]
Editorials blast ideological attacks on public education
Today is the first day of the 2015-16 school year in lots of places throughout North Carolina and editorial pages across the state this past weekend welcomed back the return of teachers and students with some harsh words for the political powers that be. The Winston-Salem Journal minced no words in an editorial entitled “Teacher […]
Teach for America now has a recruitment problem
Fewer college grads are flocking to Teach for America. The New York Times reported last week that the embattled teacher training program, to which the North Carolina General Assembly has chosen to funnel millions of taxpayer dollars at great expense of the soon-to-be-defunct yet highly praised N.C. Teaching Fellows program, saw a ten percent drop in […]
UNC leaders launch plan to revive NC’s teaching profession
The UNC Board of Governors convened a summit Tuesday to discuss the future of teaching in the state, as the world of education changes rapidly and the state faces a significant drop in those who want to teach. The education summit, a public meeting of the UNC Board of Governors held on the SAS campus […]