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View Diary: The problem with NBC's Education Nation -  where are the voices of parents and teachers? (279 comments)

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  •  Even though I absolutely favor public schools, I (0+ / 0-)

    think we have to be open to the idea that public schools are not right for all children particularly at risk children.  I have a good friend whose son is in the seventh grade and performing third grade work because the public school is just not set up to help him.  They have done their best(tutors, special programs, now he has someone following him around taking notes for him) but he is sucking resources that they do not have and he(and the school) is getting nothing accomplished.  He needs to be in a private school dedicated to his learning needs and style and the best option would be to provide a voucher and let her put in that school.  

    "When fascism comes to America, it'll be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." Sinclair Lewis

    by lakehillsliberal on Sat Sep 18, 2010 at 08:20:26 AM PDT

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      1.  Every child is entitled to a free and appropriate education.  If the school is not serving the child, either fix the school or provide an alternative setting.  This is a matter of law with respect to SPED kids
      1.  I don't believe in one model of school.  I live in a a community (Arlington VA) which offers a variety of alternatives.  That is not possible to do in every community.
      1.  The original idea of charter schools as proposed by Al Shanker and Ray Budde was that they would be teacher run meeting the needs of specific groups of kids not easily well served in regular public school settings.
      1.  Charters today rarely offer anything that is all that innovative in education.  Some of the chains use a cookie cutter model in all of their schools, whether or not it meets the needs of their children.  In fairness to KIPP, it is not a chain in the same way, and each school reflects in some way the vision of the founder of that school.
      1.  Charters today are NOT held to the same standards as regular public schools, despite those who would have you believe that they are. Most are not required to take the hard to educate, and far too many have a practice of excluding because of counseling out, or the parents won't make the commitment they demand.  An ordinary public school cannot exclude kids in the residence area by either of those methods.
      1.  I have no personal objection to parents choosing an alternative to public schools to educate their kids.  I do, however, think it is the responsibility of everyone to pay appropriately for properly supported public schools as a public good for the entire society, many of whose families have no meaningful choice other than public schools for the education of their children.  Those children should not suffer because of the lack of the parental financial resources or political pull.  

      "what the best and wisest parent wants for his child is what we should want for all the children of the community" - John Dewey

      by teacherken on Sat Sep 18, 2010 at 09:19:28 AM PDT

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