Tuesday, January 24, 2012
NEAT IDEA -- BUT GO PRIVATE, DON'T STAY ENTANGLED
Warning to those who are interested in the "parent revolution" going on here and there, including at longtime failed schools in California:
Parents in failed public schools in disadvantaged areas are forming unions, obtaining the right to restructure their public school as a charter school, hire their own "directors" (instead of principals) and operate on tax money supposedly under their own administration, curriculum selections and philosophies of education.
Whoa! Watch out! That's what President Obama did back in his community organizing days in Chicago. And it was a total waste of time. After power and control was wrestled out of educators' hands, and given to parents, they reformed the schools in charter schools. Taxpayers still paid the freight, but the say-so shifted to the parents -- most of whom weren't even high school graduates and had very low academic skills themselves.
You can't teach what you don't know.
Inevitably, the bill for schooling went up . . . but student achievement stayed the same, over many years. So they went back to the way things were. Everybody lost!
Much better outcomes can be obtained by detaching from an educational system that has failed your child, and enroll that child in a private school run by bona fide educators. That's why we all should fight for more tax breaks to induce people to donate money to tuition assistance funds to help poor kids get into the private schools that equip them much better for success.
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