Last year’s presidential election opened my eyes to one thing: Many Americans have a largely inaccurate perception of rural America. More specifically, the racial makeup of rural America. Yes, much of Middle America and the Bible Belt is largely white and largely conservative. However, that is not the case everywhere.
As most of us know, Thursday, Nov. 2, someone set fire to Davie Poplar, the 300-year-old tulip poplar tree that has stood for the entirety of UNC’s existence.
As of two weeks ago today, the NCAA officially cleared UNC of any violations. There will be no championships vacated, no banners taken and no (more) shame brought to our university. A six year scandal is finally coming to a close. While everything seems great in the land of the Tar Heels, we have forgotten that one defendant has been found guilty — at least in the court of opinion. While the greater institution have gotten off scot free, the reputation of the department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies has been greatly tarnished.
Back in September, the State of North Carolina identified 48 low-performing public schools that could potentially be taken of by charter school operators as part of the state’s new Innovative School District. The goal of the program is to take elementary schools in the bottom 5 percent and turn them around within 5 years. I am vehemently 100 percent opposed to this idea.
As U.S. News recently released their 2018 Best Colleges List, the issue of minority representation at selective colleges has on my mind a bit more than usual. I wasn’t surprised to find that diversity of student population, minority representation (whatever you want to call it) is not a factor in their ranking methodology. I was surprised, however, to find out (via a recent New York Times report spanning 1980-2015) that Black and Hispanic first-year students are more underrepresented at selective colleges and universities than than they were in 1980, over 30 years ago.
On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the government would begin the process of terminating Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the Obama administration policy that protects many young undocumented immigrants.
The decision to become a columnist this year was, in some ways, a very easy one.
For the second year in a row, UNC is in the Final Four. I can’t lie. I had my doubts we would make it this far.
Many people in America are unhappy with the direction that public education has taken over the last two decades.