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  •  The charter school movement (4+ / 0-)

    has become corrupted.  The original idea behind the charter school movement was that they would have the autonomy to implement innovative ideas. Even though I teach in a traditional public school system I was open-minded and even welcoming toward the charter school movement because I thought it force improvement on all schools.

    It has not turned out that way.

    Privatization and pursuit of profits stepped in.  Human greed, laziness, and incompetence stepped in.

    There was a good charter high school in my city.  I would get some of their students from time to time.  They were very well prepared in science.  Edison, which was engaged to run the school, spent tons of money on science equipment, some of which I inherited when the school went bankrupt and was absorbed back into the public school system.

    Your cousins are lucky to go to a good charter school. Of the charter schools in my metropolitan area a few are very good, many have failed completely, many have students performing so poorly their university sponsors have withdrawn sponsorship, and some are Mcschools that do little more than warehouse students.

    Just like public schools, just like all human institutions and all human beings for all time: Some are very good, most are so-so, some are horrid.

    Destroying public education in the name of "charter schools" is not going to result in improved educational opportunities for all, only for a few and that's no better than what we have now. I predict it will be much, much worse. I do not trust billionaires to put the common good above their own greed.  I foresee a future in which, poor urban children, about whom the deform movement claims to be so concerned being warehoused in contract schools which will prepare them for nothing but wage slavery or incarceration, and which will make current urban public education, with all its problems, look like a golden age in comparison.

    I'm glad I won't be around to see it.

    Light is seen through a small hole.

    by houyhnhnm on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 02:58:14 PM PST

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