Education



The NC House has passed a bill that would require local school districts to crack down on the junk food they sell to the young skulls full of mush.  House Bill 503 forces local school boards to adopt either the Clinton Kraft Pepsi nutritional plan or the marginally tighter National Academies of Sciences nutritional plan for what are called ‘competitive foods’.  That’s snack food from the vending machines, school stores, etc… pretty much anything that is not part of the school breakfast or lunch program.  The bill passed the House today with much bi-partisan support and is on its way to the Senate.

This bill may have some positive impact on our students but this blogger thinks it really just nibbles around the edges of the problem.  It does not get to the heart of the problem and it continues to encourage schools to offer junk food, food which lies at the heart of the obesity problem in this country.

The Clinton/Pepsi/Kraft plan uses fluffy standards that Big Food can easily meet so they can continue to (more…)


In a rare showing of fiscal discipline, the Dare County Board of Commissioners told the School Board that they must find a way to do more with less when they approved a 2012 budget with no increase to local school funding. While the School Board can only offer a grim assessment of the future of our schools, I suggest that it’s time for the School Board to assess how they spend our money, not just put their hand in the public till for more.

If you read the local papers, you may already be in a state of high anxiety, anticipating that our local schools are on the brink of financial doom. Board of Education Vice-Chair Ben Sproul railed to the Commissioners that without an increase in local funding,

Our children will begin to pay the price

He gave the BOC what he called ‘the cold, hard truth’ saying, (more…)


Texas is ground zero in the assault on our nation’s heritage and our children’s future.  A 15-member board in Texas will decide what your children will learn in Social Studies for many years to come.

It appears that the very same 21st Century Skills folks that we rebuffed here in North Carolina are at work in many other states, most importantly Texas.  Since Texas buys more textbooks than any other state, textbook publishers write all their books based on Texas’ standards.  So Texas’ standards by default become every states’ standards.  It seems that the TEA (Texas Education Agency), Texas’ version of our NCDPI, is under attack by the progressive influence.  The Texas State Board of Education is holding hearings this week to determine what should be included in our children’s textbooks.

While the vast majority of us are working, raising families and going about our daily lives, interest groups have been hard at work trying to shape young minds.  According to (more…)


In celebration of Liberty Day, 4th graders from First Flight Elementary School will be at the KDH Post Office and Library on Friday, March 12th from 9am-11am, quizzing the public about their knowledge of the Constitution and distributing copies of the Constitution for the Dare County Lions Club.

Take the Constitution Quiz and test your knowledge of the Constitution.  If you know your Constitution, you’ll find that there’s one questions whose ‘correct’ answer is questionable.

What is Liberty Day?  Here’s a brief history from their website:

Liberty Day began as an idea of two members of the Youth Service Committee of the Lions Club of Denver. Teachers had a problem: civics had been made ‘voluntary’, decreasing the number of available civics books. But at the same time, many American history textbooks appeared without the Declaration of Independence or the U.S. Constitution printed in the back — (more…)


According to Currituck Patriot, Toni Tabb, the Camden School Board wasted no time after hearing from concerned citizens yesterday.  This in direct from Toni,

The battle isn’t over yet, but the Camden County School Board listened and acted last night at their board meeting!!

After listening to public comments on the proposed NC Social Studies curriculum, the board voiced their concerns about the changes and immediately requested Superintendent Ron Melchiorre to draft a letter to the NC Dept. of Instruction to state their opposition.

Thanks to all who contacted the board!  Your voices were heard!

Patriots are encouraged to attend the Pasquotank School Board meeting on Monday, Feb 22nd at 6:30pm.  The meeting will be be at the Board Room of the Administrative Offices, 1200 S. Halstead Boulevard, Elizabeth City.  I am planning to attend.


The North Carolina Dept of Public Instruction is bowing to public pressure over its proposed changes to the U. S. History curriculum.  The proposal is being sent back to the drawing boards.  The DPI received over 7,000 emails, most of them negative.  And then this past weekend Senator Marc Basnight stepped in and essentially told the DPI, “don’t you dare”.  After a day of defending themselves against Basnight’s letter, the DPI cried ‘Uncle’.

According to WRAL, DPI has already begun work on a second draft proposal.  (more…)


The Washington Daily News is reporting that Senator Basnight sent a letter to the NC DPI and the State Board of Education voicing his strong opposition to the proposed changes to the U. S. History curriculum.  He says that there should be more study of this period, not less.  According the Washington Daily News, Basnight’s letter reads, in part,

“Any changes the state makes to teaching U.S. History must be an enhancement to what students learn in high school and not downshifting in any way. As a reader of history myself, I think that no one should graduate from high school without a thorough understanding of the Declaration of Independence, the Founding Fathers, the writing of the Constitution, and the personalities involved. Furthermore, it is my belief that only high school students have the capacity to understand complex and awful parts of our nation’s history such as slavery and the Civil War. To exclude the founding of our nation at its early struggles from our high school curriculum would be doing a disservice to our students and teachers alike.”

He goes on to say,

“Sadly, students know very little about history as it is…We should be doubling, maybe even tripling, our efforts and enhancing the course work that is now taught in high school. . . In fact, I would like to see history taught in expanded and unique ways, perhaps as an extracurricular activity outside of the school day if time cannot be found during the regular school hours, even as a means of extra credit. However do not carry on with the thoughts of the changes as presented. U.S. History is too precious and important and must be taught in its entirety during the high school years.”

Those are strong words from our Senator.  This proposal is essentially D.O.A.  Thanks to all of you who have been tireless in opposing this.  Many of you have commented on blogs and news stories, written Letters to the Editors and made pilgrimages to School Board Meetings.  Our voices have been heard.

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