Underacheivers a result of poor teaching

Walter Williams What passes for educational enlightenment these days boggles the mind. Matt Gouras, of The Associated Press, writing in the Jan. 5 Seattle Times, tells a story about Tennessee schools. The success of some students has made other students feel badly about themselves. What’re the schools’ responses? Public schools in Nashville have stopped posting […]

Education Briefs 3/4

CCC closes for employee training The Clovis Community College campus will be closed on March 12. All staff and faculty will be participating in a professional development workshop — Skillfest 2004. Classes will not meet. However, the Health and Fitness Center, the Center for Student Success, and the Computer Lab will remain open for regular […]

Lockwood students sing and dance to celebrate academics

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Lockwood Elementary Kindergarten students Khasiano Martinez, left, and Vivian Miller join hands as they sing “God Bless America” during an Academic Pep Rally at the school Friday. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Ryan Lengerich Motivating elementary students to learn is easy: Hold a pep rally — an academic pep rally. Lockwood Elementary students cheered, laughed […]

Eastern’s Touchstone earns academic honor

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By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University junior Ty Touchstone remembers getting a “B” — once. “It was a class for citizenship (in grade school),” he said. “But I don’t really count that.” Touchstone has had nothing but “A’s” through four semesters at ENMU, where he also plays free safety for the Greyhounds in football. […]

No excuse for racial gap in education

Mona Charen Abigail and Stephen Thernstrom have produced a book that should rock the nation. “No Excuses: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning” is a brilliant analysis of what ails American education today. Though the Thernstroms will doubtless receive a certain amount of abuse for tackling this sensitive subject, no fair-minded person reading this scholarly […]

Education does not come from money

Walter Williams “Excellent schools deliver a clear message to their students: No Excuses. No excuses for failing to do your homework, failing to work hard in general; no excuses for fighting with other students, running in the hallways, dressing inappropriately and so forth.” That’s part of the prescription for ending educational mediocrity discussed in Abigail […]