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  •  It's the policies that Rhee promotess (3+ / 0-)
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    under the guise f "education reform" that typically leads to the kind of fraud in public ed that Atlanta schools are accused of engaging in.

    She is responsible for creating the environment of "competition" that leads to corruption of the system.

    •  Actually the chief of that board was supposed to (0+ / 0-)

      Bevery Hall was supposed to reform that school system.  They used a lot of buzzwords a few years ago how they were going to adopt reform models.

      What happened, nothing. Just a lot of embarassment.

      you can call me praveen.

      by pravin on Wed Jun 08, 2011 at 09:24:43 PM PDT

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      •  You've made my point for me (2+ / 0-)
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        Hall, much like Rhee, is a big proponent of using standardized test results as the primary means by which to judge students, teachers, and most important of all, her own success.  There was little behind her efforts in terms of real reform, simply a push for high test scores.  

        Is it any surprise then that her narrow focus on test scores alone would result in widespread cheating?

        Nothing was done to improve teacher training. Nothing was done to improve student behavior, reinforce or model good classroom behavior, nor impose strict discipline.

        Look, I know there are a few bad teachers out there, but by in large the problem with public education rests primarily with the students themselves, their parents and the highly dysfunctional communities in which the live.  Until these communities take responsibility for themselves and the children they produce, placing a high value on education and discipline, all the reform mumbo-jumbo in the world isn't going to amount to a hill of beans.  It is all a smoke and mirrors.

        We need to get the students who give a damn into an environment where they are allowed to learn, which means segregating them from the disruptive, unruly, and undisciplined children that are too prevalent in these communities.  And we don't need charter schools and vouchers to do that.

        In Gary, Indiana near my neck of the woods, the only 4-star rated school in the district isn't a charter nor a private school, it is a public school.  A magnet school, it draws together students and parents who value eduction, discipline, and hard work, values sorely lacking in that community.  These kids are mostly African American, almost entirely very low income and yet they achieve proving it is not about race or poverty it is about charter and commitment.  Oh, and they consistently perform at a 4-star level at a public school using union teachers with no added financial backing.

        •  Standardized testing dont correlate to private/pub (0+ / 0-)

          I agree standardized testing alone should no be a factor. Students know who their best teachers are. If a teacher feels he or she is not appreciated by a dysfunctional school community of students and parents, maybe that person should just move on to another school where they can rebuild his orher rep and maybe get to be in demand.

          But here's the thing. A family in a poor neighborhood that didnt agree with Hall's reforms had no option but to fall in line and send their kid to their neighborhood public school. They dont have the time to influence school board composition becuase they have to work long hours earning a living. But if they were to join a school run by someone as innovative as a Ron Clark, they shoudl have the right to get some public funding to go to such a school assuming the school satisfies REASONABLE requirements such as having a mix of not just races but income groups, where the lower groups get full funding by the state and a part pitched in by the school. Right now, that family is out of options. They are stuck with their bad school. And by the time, Democrats get their act together to reform schools without help from Republicans, it may be too late for that family.

          you can call me praveen.

          by pravin on Thu Jun 09, 2011 at 12:15:43 AM PDT

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      •  I need to add one more thing (1+ / 0-)
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        All the reform models and "innovation" regardless of how well intentioned or well designed can't have meaningful impact without broad community buy-in.  

        •  My point exactly. A poor family is stuck in a bad (0+ / 0-)

          This is my point. If there are three of four families in a dysfunctional area, they got no hope of changing their school system unless they work around the clock and educating their kids becomes a second job. Why not give families the power to choose whatever they deem fit is good for their family. You can't seriously go by the very limited experiements with private vouchers. If a private school doesnt work, over time, they will disappear. No system is perfect but i hve seen private schools accelerate educational improvements in Indian communities. Now if the government gave more poor kids money instead of relying on the schools to give voluntary scholarships you would have more poor kids escaping illiteracy in India.

          you can call me praveen.

          by pravin on Fri Jun 10, 2011 at 05:35:21 PM PDT

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