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  •  MOST public schools are successful (2+ / 0-)
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    and the surest indicator of whether they are successful is family income. MOST affluent families are happy with their schools. The idea that public schools are widely failing is a right-wing canard, intended to bring about the destruction of public education. The issue they're running into in Ohio now is that the parents at those mostly successful schools are erupting in fury that their schools' funding is being gutted to create more failing for-profit charters to warehouse poor kids — and to remove virtually all oversight, both financial and academic from these schools.

    Jennifer Brunner for Governor of Ohio 2014

    by anastasia p on Wed Jun 08, 2011 at 10:35:50 PM PDT

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    •  what about the poor? (0+ / 0-)

      Most private schools would work in well off communities too. The question is what option does a poor student have when there is no school reform imminent in his neighborhood. We need togive such families an out. I am not worried about my kind of families.

      you can call me praveen.

      by pravin on Fri Jun 10, 2011 at 05:22:20 PM PDT

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      •  To be blunt, it is not fixable through schools (0+ / 0-)

        As easy as it is to blame teachers, and to believe that if we just punish teachers for poor student performance is the magic solution, it is not going to work, as the now long experience of charters school show.

        The big problem is that poor kids have chaotic and diminished lives caused by poverty, and this gets in the way of education. Just believing that success is even possible takes a lot of energy and focus. Most middle class students don't think they are doomed for failure. Even many bright promising poor students, and this applies to white poor too, do think so.

        Teachers who teach in these schools are sacrificing a lot. They are more like missionaries than teachers. Teachers to get to move around, and many move away from inner schools into suburban areas because it is a lot easier and in some cases, safer. And many didn't have to teach at all. They could have been accountants or software developers and made a lot more money. People forget that.

        So to attack the teachers who choose to work in such hard circumstances is beyond unfair and ungrateful. Calls to make these jobs more unappealing, through lesser salaries and job insecurity, will further drive away good teachers from urban school districts. The end result is not a better education for poor kids, but a poorer one.

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