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Private schools vs. Charter schools

Yolanda.Charles

It seems to me that people are pulling their children out of Private schools where tuition is mandatory, and putting their children into charter schools. The problem here is that it is hard to get your child into a charter school, there is lotterys and sometimes tests. why?

The charter schools are aware of this, why is it so hard to get your children into a charter school in their county? For example, if you live in Newark you can only send your children to the Newark charter schools, why? The point of the parent taking their child out of a private school to enter a charter schools means that the charter schools are doing something right. Why make it difficult?

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Why are teachers afraid to let parents choose?

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I attended parochial schools taught by nuns and priests. I think it was the best possible choice at the time for quality and price (while my parents still paid for public schools). Of course, this option is only rarely available now. My grandchildren attend good schools in a semi-rural district. There's a lot going on there, but the academic quality doesn't reach the same level as I experienced.
The arguments of charter v. public v. private seem so superfluous. Why not a voucher for every student, to attend any school of their choice? Good teachers should not be afraid to have their skills on the line. Bad teachers will find comfort and security within teachers' unions who protect them at the expense of the students.

"We do not want public school

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"We do not want public school to fail, but we want it to change so all students have authentic, personally meaningful work to do at school." Thanks for that, Chad. As a former teacher at an Expeditionary Learning School, I know that authenticity, purpose, and meaning are the key. Anything else is not enough.

"We do not want public school

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"We do not want public school to fail, but we want it to change so all students have authentic, personally meaningful work to do at school." Thanks for that, Chad. As a former teacher at an Expeditionary Learning School, I know that authenticity, purpose, and meaning are the key. Anything else is not enough.

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Public schools are run by politicians and the bottom line is that the people with real wealth and power have no interest in educating the masses beyond basic reading, writing and math up to about the 8th grade. Until that changes there will always be huge discrepancies in our public schools and huge gaps in education between the haves and the have-nots. I live in AZ where they are ranked 47th in the nation for literacy. It's the most dysfunctional place I've ever lived. Our govt leaders, McCain at the head of that list, are so far removed from the real lives of those they supposedly represent that they can't see the forest for the trees. Thankfully we have alot of charter schools to choose from, some better than others. Charter schools are necessary when the govt fails - and it often and consistently fails.

Charter school humanities teacher for non-traditional middle grade learners

No answer, just hypotheses

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What makes it so difficult to find an answer in education is our search for an answer. I'm convinced that there isn't one answer to any of our problems as a country or school system.

How we measure schools determines what we ask of them and of our students. How we measure schools determines what schools give back to communities.

I encourage us once again to talk about what we want from schools. Charter schools, traditional public schools, private schools, home schools, and un-schooling - all of these things represent hypotheses about what works best for children, their learning, and their lives. All of these things have made discoveries about learning and kids in pursuit of answers, but I don't think any one approach is the answer.

I work at a charter school to have a freer hand in pursuing what I think works for our kids - the most brilliant, brave, fragile, and at-risk students in my division. Without working here I wouldn't have discovered what I have about teaching and learning.

However, my school is small. It's only entering it's third year. I don't know how we'll export our discoveries and make them implementable in a larger, more traditional school.

But we'll try.

We are in a partnership with other schools, parents, and our students for helping our students enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as individuals and communities.

Let's pool our collective wisdom about what school should be and reform our classrooms and our system from there.

Best wishes in helping kids,
C

Charter school humanities teacher for non-traditional middle grade learners

To Luisa

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Thank you so much for your kind comment. I hope to help my school emulate the EL model and the work of Ron Berger's classroom this year. Certainly a fear of revision/iteration and a demand for results now cripple what schools can be. I appreciate EL's approach to care, patience, and growth in students lives, work, and communities.

All the best,
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[quote]Thank you so much for your kind comment. I hope to help my school emulate the EL model and the work of Ron Berger's classroom this year. Certainly a fear of revision/iteration and a demand for results now cripple what schools can be. I appreciate EL's approach to care, patience, and growth in students lives, work, and communities.

Best of luck Chad. Luckily, we've found that caring about patience and growth in students lives, work, and communities is often the best way to achieve those results being demanded of our students.

Todd Felton
Expeditionary Learning

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