A Response to the N&O/WRAL Criticism of Opportunity Scholarship

Stronger government control of our children’s education will not improve the learning gap, despite the objections of those who believe that government knows best. In Ned Barnett’s “Admit it. NC School Voucher Program Is a Failure,” more government oversight of religious and private schools is the prescribed anecdote for an alleged lack of accountability. He complains that private Christian schools have no government oversight of their curricular standards and, therefore, are not up to par; […]

Technologically Wise Teenagers

Helping teenagers become technologically wise has become an urgent matter. On Tuesday, we invited Larry Smith, Fuquay Commissioner and former police chief, to lecture our students on the dangers of online activity and to offer advice about thinking before you post. We invited him to share his experience as a former SBI agent, police chief, and employer. Here are some key takeaways from his lecture. This is good advice for everyone, not just teenagers. Never […]

How Should Parents Respond to Childhood Stress?

Anxiety has become a much too common occurrence among the younger generation. A report from the APA revealed that Generation Z is less likely to report good mental health in comparison to other generations. Among the young adults in Generation Z, 77% stress about work and 81% stress about money. This should be a warning to parents that our children need to be prepared to handle real-world stress. There will be some cases of anxiety […]

Apply the Three Cs to Class Emails/Letters

In the world of communications, a widely used rule of thumb is the 3 Cs – clear, concise, and conclusive. This principle can also make a good rule of thumb for teachers when sending emails and letters. Clear: Leave no doubt about the details. Make sure your wording accurately communicates what you want to convey. Concise: Say it in the fewest words as possible. When you use too many words, you muddy the waters. Conclusive: […]

Ponder How to Progress from “Support” to “Elevate”

In an explanation about the most common type of leader and the most effective type of leader, John Eades reflected on the findings of the research team at LearnLoft*.  Most leaders exhibit both love and discipline with subordinates, and that type of leadership places in them in the category that researchers label “Support”. These leaders are described as good, but they’re not necessarily great. The next level (and highest level) of leadership is the “Elevate” […]