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  •  Curricula are mixed (1+ / 0-)
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    Tennessee Dave

    they are a limitation on teachers and the ability to match students interests, on the other hand, there is a final proficiency goal for a range of skills upon graduation from the general public school system, and yearly curricula do help keep people aimed at that goal and aware of progress. Also, given not everyone stays in the same school system, if everyone is on basically the same progression, it is much easier to smoothly shift from school to school, academically.

    •  I find it interesting you use the term skills. (3+ / 0-)

      It seems to be that we are less concerned about a 'range of skills' and more concerned about a 'range of knowledge' in most school districts. It's more about facts memorized that skills obtained.

    •  My issue is with the "command and control"... (4+ / 0-)

      model of top-down governance that thsi approach facilitates, rather than facilitating human development which has its own unique time table for every different person.  It works up their at the top of the pecking oder to have every kid in America being taught the same thing, the same way at the same time by similarly trained instructors.  

      It doesn't work for all the kids, their parents or their communities.  Works for some, which may create the illusion it can work for all!

      Cooper Zale Los Angeles http://www.leftyparent.com

      by leftyparent on Fri Jun 17, 2011 at 01:07:19 PM PDT

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    •  Special Education and special needs childrena are (2+ / 0-)
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      worldlotus, slatsg

      totally dismissed by Charters and Private Schools.  If you don't have to serve the needs of ALL students, you are making an unfaif comparison to Public Schools that help EVERY child.  Hubby and I do some volunteer work with the Indiana School for the Blind.  The idea that these students MUST meet the same criteria in testing inorder to get state funding is outlandish. Many of our students are classed as multi-handicapped, but take the same state required testing as other students, thus ISB is listed as a faling school.  Govenor Mitch Dainels' (R) solution for funding our sister school, Indiana School for the Deaf, is to outlaw teaching American Sign Language so Deaf students will have to pass the same verbal language tests as other shcools in the state.  Insanity.

      •  It is not true that all charter schools deny (2+ / 0-)
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        cinnamon68, MKSinSA

        entrance to special needs and special education kids. I'm not sure what the rules are in your state, but in CA, charter schools cannot discriminate in such a way. Also, the CREDO-Stanford Report on Charter Schools says:

        Students in Special Education programs have about the same outcomes [as students in public schools].

        If they have about the same outcomes, it must be because they attend them in the first place.

        If you would like to say that Indiana Charter Schools work that way and then offer some proof, even anecdotal, I'll agree with you.

        Agreed with the rest, however. Have you considered writing a diary about the craziness of Gov. Daniels solution? I think it would be a good one to publish.

      •  Brenda's school accepted special needs... (1+ / 0-)
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        drmah

        kids because she had found ways to get additional funding for aids to be in the classroom.  But I have heard of other charters who don't accept some special needs kids because they are not so savvy about how to get the additional funding.

        As a charter you start and exist on a much tighter financial leash than a conventional school, including getting less per pupil and none of the extras a district school gets.  Brenda had to be a financial magician at time to keep all the balls in the air at the school in my piece.

        Cooper Zale Los Angeles http://www.leftyparent.com

        by leftyparent on Fri Jun 17, 2011 at 08:12:07 PM PDT

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