Friday, March 7, 2014
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
New York City is embroiled in a flap over charter schools.
Public schools are not great, but charter schools are a bit worse really.
Most people know very little about what they are and how they are run. They are not what most think.But the public school system with all it's woes surpasses the philosophy behind charter schools. For instance, the simple use of a board of education with elected people on it which ensures that you can have a say in the school is not the case with a charter school.
Charter schools 'train' kids, they do not educate them with academics.
As with common core, which trains children to think in lock step, Charter schools are training factories and are fraught with scandal.
Since your money pays for these things you should understand about them.
Charter schools take over existing public schools or parts of them.
"Staffers at PS 30 say Bronx Success 1 sealed off the third floor to its staff and students - even taking over a stairwell - so Success students don't mingle with their district school neighbors.
"We are not allowed there," said one PS 30 teacher, noting the classrooms taken over by Success were formerly used for tutoring children with special needs. Now we have to do therapy sessions in the hallway."
— Daily News
A person owes it to themselves to become educated on the subject.
And even if your kids go to private school you still pay for public schools and should learn about this.
Charlotte Iserbyt is a freelance writer who served as the Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), U.S. Department of Education, during the first term of U.S. President Ronald Reagan, and staff employee of the U.S. Department of State (South Africa, Belgium, South Korea). She was born in 1930 and attended Dana Hall preparatory school and Katharine Gibbs College in New York City, where she studied business. Iserbyt's father and grandfather were Yale University graduates
In 1982 Reagan relieved her of her duties after leaking an important technology grant for computerized learning—Project BEST: "Better Education Skills through Technology" brought about by the scholarly writings and a large study by an education specialist named Dr. John I. Goodlad at the Center for Educational Renewal at the University of Washington, originally from British Columbia, Canada
One book of which Iserbyt was critical, "Schooling for a Global Age", edited by Charlotte C. Anderson, James M. Becker, Institute for Development of Educational Activities, New York 1979, Iserbyt cited as having less to do with fostering learning and mainly to do with psychological manipulation of students, possibly against the teaching of the child's parents, for example, in arts classes. (via Wikipedia)
Parents and the general public must be reached also. Otherwise, children and youth enrolled in globally oriented programs may find themselves in conflict with values assumed in the home. And then the educational institution frequently comes under scrutiny and must pull back.
— Dr. John I. Goodlad, Schooling for a Global Age-1979
Do some research on all this.
Here is Ms. Iserbyt's opinion on Charter schools based on an insider's knowledge of the real situation.