Durham News: Opinion

What you’re saying: Carolyn Rickard, Rene Delavarre, Lisa Kaylie, David Schwartz, Janette Redding, Chuck Harner and Allen Murray

DPS and charters

Editor’s note: You can read and comment on more local news on editor Mark Schultz’s Facebook page. A link there to our recent story “Durham teachers union fights privatization efforts (DN, http://nando.com/31x) generated several comments, including:

Carolyn Rickard: I am so glad to see you all doing this story. Thanks, Virginia Bridges. We have had a more-good-than-bad experience with the Durham schools. However, literally every other kid in our neighborhood goes to the local charter rather than our middle school.

Rene Delavarre: Unions have been the downfall for of quality education, and members don’t want to lose their power and control over education. Charters are becoming more popular because they are free of union muscle. Parents, whose main concern is their child’s quality education, have realized that charters, such as Woods Charter, offer the best deal for their money. Charters work because they deal with the issues head on: quality student-faculty relationships, student/faculty mutual respect, rules are respected by all. Most importantly: “Diversity” is the least of their concerns because they realize “diversity” is part of our character, and not a political movement. From what I have seen the various races get along far better at charters than they do in the public school system. Basically, charters work because they are free of politically correct bureaucrats who are wrecking public education. No wonder parents and their kids are fleeing towards charters.

Lisa Kaylie: There is a big difference between charter schools started by the community like Woods and the corporate charters you see coming into North Carolina now. If you want to see the future of education, look to what has happened in the U.S. by privatizing prisons for profit. It’s a nightmare and tax payer dollars are making individuals rich.

David Schwartz: Some charter schools provide a good education to some students, but on the whole they are not more successful than the public schools, when comparing apples to apples. And too often they have become a way of siphoning off scarce public resources to serve segments of the population that already have many educational advantages.

Respected leader

Regarding “R. Kelly Bryant, 98, kept Durham’s African-American history alive,” (DN, http://nando.com/30q)

I grew up around the corner from Mr. Bryant and his family. I will always remember the influence he had on young African-American boys as a reputable Boy Scout leader and moreover a respected leader of the black community. Thank you, Mr. Bryant, for being you!

Janette Redding

via the durhamnews.com

Privatize players

Regarding the privatization of the UNC bookstore: If that’s a good idea, then let’s start by privatizing the football and basketball teams. This would allow us to avoid the hypocrisy of claiming these are not professional athletes and let them avoid the inconvenience of having to attend class. If Barnes & Noble can make more money for the university by running the bookstore, then some commercial venture could improve the profits of the athletic “department” (i. e., subsidiary). And we wouldn’t have to worry about the NCAA!

Chuck Harner


Moved to Mebane

Regarding Jesse James DeConto’s My View column, “Finding God and a parking space” (DN, http://nando.com/30g)

I lived in Durham for 30 years. Two years ago I moved to Mebane (a small town 25 miles west). Recently when back in Durham for dinner out at one of them 3,472 new “foodie” restaurant/bars I commented to my wife as we left, “I think I’m not cool enough for Durham anymore.”

Friends have told me I left “just when Durham was getting good.” I think just the opposite – I left just when Durham ceased to be Durham. I don’t really miss it.

Allen Murray


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