Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Trying To Have It Both Ways

I find it odd Charles Davenport, Jr. used the following quote in his most recent opinion column: "In no other occupation is mediocrity -- or positive incompetence -- so thoroughly entrenched as in the teaching profession today." (emphasis mine)

It's strange Davenport would use a quote referring to teaching as a profession, when just a few weeks ago he argued that teaching is not a profession. Of course, Davenport has a mixed past when it comes to using quotes, having employed a debunked quote from Thomas Jefferson in one of his columns, then failing to admit he had done so.

I know the News & Record know what a smart conservative opinion writer looks like. They have one on staff. Would it hurt so much to jettison Davenport and hire a second one?


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