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  •  The NPR story... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...showed how Hartford (CT) confused "Parental Choice" and "Accountability".

    "Accountability" says we shut down the schools that don't teach kids anything. If test scores don't rise, close the school. There is a certain amount of logic to this. Hartford is shutting down a school...but the parents are mad.

    "Parental Choice" says that we let parents decide where their kids should go. (We already have Parental Choice For Rich Kids. It is called "moving to the suburbs", Hartford's radical idea is to give Poor Kids the same choices).

    If we have Parental Choice -- which Hartford does, there was no need to close the school. Parental satisfaction alone should be taken as a sign of success -- even if the test scores were very bad.

    •  Parental choice = punish children for parents (0+ / 0-)

      stupidity or laziness.

      In your scenerio, the only kids left in the lousy schools would be kids whose parents are too dysfunctional or ignorant to send them to the better schools. Or maybe poor non-english speaking immigrant parents who simply don't understand the system other than 'here is a school down the street, Jorge's daughter is going there so I guess that's where my son should go too'.

      As the OECD study cited by DH said - the real hallmark of a good educational system is not whether the top 5% of the students do well. It's whether all students, from the top to the bottom, do well.  The very ideal system should be that every school would get the exact same mix of randomly selected students. No rich students get to escape from this system and no poor student is shunned. That would be the ideal. Any attempt to improve one school at the expense of another, or letting rich kids self segregate into their own schools, is a step away from that ideal.

      •  If you listened to the story (1+ / 0-)
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        There were some rather articulate and involved parents who were interviewed and quite liked their school.

        The real question is - if those kids are sent to "higher performing schools", will their education get better, worse, or stay the same? Any of the three outcomes is possible.

        Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

        by elfling on Wed Mar 23, 2011 at 08:04:47 PM PDT

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