VIDEO: Mark Robinson’s ideas for education would ‘gut the soul of a classroom’

By Alexis Lawson

January 2, 2024

Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson, the likely Republican nominee for governor in 2024, wrote in his memoir that to help kids learn to read, schools should think about eliminating science and social studies through the fifth grade.

“We don’t need to dumb things down; we need to smarten them up,” Robinson wrote. “The way to do this is to demand proficiency in reading, writing, and math in grades one through five. In those grades, we don’t need to be teaching social studies. We don’t need to be teaching science.”

John deVille, a history teacher in Macon County School District, had some thoughts on Robinson’s idea.

Related: Beyond the grade: How one ‘failing’ NC school defines success. Click here to read.


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  • Alexis Lawson

    Alexis is Cardinal & Pine's social media manager. A passionate writer and storyteller, she is dedicated to amplifying marginalized voices and celebrating the power of storytelling. She has contributed to a variety of publications, including Business Insider, MetroUk and MadameNoire.



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