Letter to the Editor: What makes a good teacher?

To the editor: Prof. Lucien Ellington’s refrain that kids taught by badly-trained teachers don’t learn their 3 Rs is as old as public education in the USA, yet neither he nor any others of his outlook have explained the coincidental rise in literacy rates since 1800. In some respects, literacy education defies what happens in … Continue reading “Letter to the Editor: What makes a good teacher?”


Letter to the Editor: Is anything not systemic racism?

To the editor: Sociology is supposed to be a science but, alas, large chunks of it have migrated to activism.  N.C. State Sociologist Michael Schwalbe’s article attacking cigarette companies for marketing “mentholated tobacco products to the Black community” is an example.    Selective marketing apparently amounts to “institutional racism,” of which we now have an epidemic … Continue reading “Letter to the Editor: Is anything not systemic racism?”