To read more click the link: Bullying of Teachers Pervasive in Many Schools
means you see what’s working some place and then do it some place else. Well we know we have schools that are wildly successful,
lots and lots of schools, so instead of blowing up the system and putting
common core everywhere then why don’t we just emulate what those schools are
parents and they don’t face poverty. We
can’t wave a magical wand and make these problems go away but we can put in
place things that will help. Mentors, social workers and counselors can be put
in place, we could make classes smaller for more individualized attention, the
days or the year longer too to address deficits but you know what these things
don’t do? They don’t pad the wallets of testing companies.
going to change at our poorest schools if we put new standards in place. Won’t
those schools still have the same problems? Absentee parents, a lack of a base
and more pressing problems like violence in the streets and no food in the
cupboards? How does common core address those issues?
address our problems and furthermore it exacerbates testing which has ruined
education for untold teachers and students alike.
schools is it will cost money not make money and that’s all you should have to
know about common core.
The powers that be in the Democratic Party, including our President, have made Charter Schools their main vehicle for educational renewal in low income communities. And there are more than a few civil rights leaders, and elected officials in Black and Latino communities who view them as a chance to give families in their neighborhoods better educational opportunities. We have now had six years of strong support for Charters from the Obama Administration, backed up by Race to the Top Money.
It is time to ask some hard questions.
In those years have we
1. Narrowed the gap in educational achievement by race and class, whether measured by test scores, high school graduation rates, college completion rates, or any more holistic measures?
2. Helped stabilize and improve inner city neighborhoods and protect them from gentrification, displacement and demographic inversion (moving the poor out of cities into the suburbs)?
3. Creating a stable force of talented committed teachers in inner city communities, many of whom live in the communities they teach in?
4. Helped reduce neighborhood and school violence or disrupted the school to prison pipeline?
If the answer to all or most of these questions is no, we– meaning advocates for public education– need to get in an honest conversation with the civil rights community about charters, understanding the basis of community support for these schools while respectfully pointing out how real estate interests, profiteers and ambitious politicians have taken what began as an experiment and turn it into a scorched earth policy that may well be doing more harm than good.
The main issue is that school grades don’t necessarily correlate with what people think. My school earned an A, and the students were shocked. When it comes down to certain high schools, it is about numbers that more connect with gains than achievement. Instead, people think the A represents the highest level of academic ability. It does not, and it should not.
Schools get the students they get; teachers work with the level of students they receive. Why should schools like Stanton or Paxon be compared to our non-magnet students? They should not; in fact, they should be held to an even higher level of accountability as most of the students they receive are reading, writing, and doing math on level or way above the standard. When a school like Jackson last year earned the B as referenced in another entry, it meant that gains took place in certain categories for whatever reasons. (I understand that those reasons sometimes are variable.)
This year First Coast and Lee went up 1 level (to a B) and 2 levels (to an A) respectively, not because every student can read and write on level, but because they made gains in various areas set forth by the Florida Department of Education. The A is sometimes about a high level of achievement, the progress a school makes, or both. What we need is a more concise and clear way to define achievement, so everyone understands what the grades mean.
There is a research article that really redefined my beliefs about literacy and teaching pedagogy. It is called “The Early Catastrophe: The 30 Million Word Gap by Age 3.”
How can we possibly grade all schools in the same way?
I encourage anyone who believes that the system could or should ever work the way it does to read this article. Schools should always, and I mean always, be about progress. Even then, progress should be defined based on many things. Once you read this article, you will understand.
Schools USA Jonathan Hage complains about failing public schools and he says
that only by putting more money into his bank account (emphasis mine) will kids have a chance.
his bank account) Tampa recently tuned down his application to start a Charter
School on McDill air force base sighting the poor result of several of his
schools and three schools he was given to run in Indiana buy his pal Tony “I
love charter schools” Bennett all received failing grades.
in Scathing Purple Musings, Hage’s “we are the
change we’ve been waiting for” message was rich in hyperbole, but completely
lacking in policy, proposals or facts on the ground. Who can blame
him? His outfit earned three F’s at the three Indianapolis schools
Tony Bennett handed to him – along with $6 million more of Indiana
taxpayer money than he supposed to have gotten. Meanwhile, he’s in
the midst of again leveraging the gamed appeals system he helped put in place
to bag another building on MacDill AFB.
I don’t know how else to say it but this guy and his
ilk don’t care about helping children, anything they say is a subterfuge to
their real intent of taking as much tax payer money as they can.
That is if the rich have more money they will spend it and it will benefit
everybody. We have had 30 plus years of it and all it has led to is
unprecedented income inequality. If the rich had cats or newspapers instead of
money they would be featured on cable TV shows like hoarders.
CEO of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice are still calling
savings accounts (ESAs), which families can use to cover private school
tuition, tutors, therapies, online courses – or a combination of those tools –
and even college expenses for everyone regardless of income. Hey make an obscene
amount of money? Well here is a few thousand more at taxpayer’s expense. That
expensive private school just got a little cheaper.
after study says kids who attend voucher private schools don’t do any better
but facts and evidence rarely deter these guys from what their gut says or what
their lifestyle demands.
testing saying parents did not choose private schools because of how well they
did on them saying, Moreover, not one surveyed parent said “higher standardized
test scores” were the main reason they chose a private school. Why then are we
pushing schools down the standardized path?
importance; instead his answer is to give taxpayer money to rich people and to
siphon resources out of public schools.
competition has been great for a number of industries, agriculture,
transportation, power, communication and, most recently, computers and the
and don’t we give out huge farm subsidies, didn’t taxpayers build the
transportation infrastructure and bail out Detroit, aren’t most power companies
(besides big oil) quasi-governmental institutions using tax payer funded
infrastructure, communication resulted only after the government broke up a
monopoly and they use citizen owned air waves and didn’t the government develop
the internet and then just give it away?
of these entities owe much of their success to the tax payer and the government
and where I am not saying our schools are problem free, ignore poverty and over
test much, I am saying it’s not the hapless boogeyman people like Endlow would
have you believe. Once again facts and evidence rarely deter these guys from
what their gut says or what their lifestyle demands
Charter School U.S.A. makes them sound.
pro-privatization blog, where they never met a public school that was good or a
charter school that was bad, he said: Now that the education
reform movement has grown to nearly 2.3 million students in charter schools and
hundreds of thousands more in other reform alternatives, it is my wish that
education reformers avoid becoming like the very system we want to transform.
don’t want to be driven by adult interests. Nor do we want to become just
another blob of regulation and red tape filled with political subterfuge that
closely resembles the current broken K-12 traditional education system.
their adult interests. Though I admit I
have lots of them. I like to pay my rent, I only want to eat ramen noodles
the two days before payday and occasionally I even like to go to a movie at
admit our system has huge problems, like ignoring poverty and depending on high
stakes testing to grade our schools. The problem however is these are
championed by Hage and his ilk. They in effect have put in place roadblocks
and then chuckled while using them to prove their points.
failed system, Charter Schools U.S.A. has been denied expansion in Tampa
because of poor performance. It’s the height of hypocrisy that he complains
about public schools when the schools he runs despite numerous advantages
aren’t performing any better and often times worse than their public school
This guy is a mercenary and I take some solace knowing
that if the reform movement/err privatization movement is using him as your
poster boy then they are doomed.
To read more about Hage’s utter lack of humility, click the link: http://bobsidlethoughtsandmusings.wordpress.com/2013/12/23/jonathan-hages-schoolchoicewish-void-of-candor-and-humility/