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View Diary: My Life as a High School Teacher, or How Charter Schools Can Be a Living Hell (21 comments)

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  •  I don't want to be too detailed (5+ / 0-)

    But the school was marketed as the creation of a local sports legend who cared for his community. He wanted to provide opportunities for, especially, minority students that underachieve or had hard times like jail and pregnancy that hindered their learning.

    No hate against him. He was the name, and the funding. But he didn't operate the school. There were good elements, don't get me wrong. Students attending could get their cosmetology licenses at the same time and essentially find employment right afterward. A few of the students I kept in touch with, that did the accelerated computer lab course work appropriately, are now doing well in fields like nursing.

    The problems is those were exceptions. Too many were just getting by the easy way. One of the biggest problems was, continuously, overcrowding of class rooms. If you have on teacher overseeing a computer lab of 50-60 it becomes almost impossible to make sure that some aren't cheating. And to be honest? No offense to the parents, but many barely had high school educations themselves. The school was sold as a way of getting your teen done with high school by 17 or maybe even 16 with its accelerated program, or a way of getting jailed or pregnant students caught up.

    The results, due to lack of investment and focus, were less than ideal. Some bright spots, too many failures.

    by DAISHI on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 05:14:27 PM PST

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    •  It reminds me of what I've heard of U of Phoenix (2+ / 0-)

      as well: I've had a lot of friends who have taught there solely as for-cash adjuncts. I've yet to hear a single nice thing ever said about it from anyone who has worked there, ever.

      Not a lot of experience teaching the younger crowd, sorry (other than a wee bit of substitute teaching), but his just seems like an epidemic problem with for-profit schools where credentials are valued over the educational process and money over educating.

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      by mahakali overdrive on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 05:27:19 PM PST

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      •  Actually (2+ / 0-)

        I worked on a grant project with UC Berkley tracking incoming students' chances of graduation success. We examined a number of factors. Geographic region, straight form high school, transferring from other 2 year schools, other 4 year schools, etc. When ranked, U of Phoenix had one of the worst projected grad rates when transferring to a standard 4 year school.

        by DAISHI on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 05:55:58 PM PST

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