Yesterday Josh Metcalfe, one of my commenters made this comment:
I’m all for parents having choice, but I’m wary of Charter Schools becoming a way to prey on underprivileged kids and put them on a single career path from an early age. And so you could have corporations locking these kids to work for them for life.
Now I’m not saying that this’ll definitely happen but it’s something to be mindful of.
Obviously the comment is loaded with the group-think and approved lines ofÂ the teacher unions, and he makes assertions with no evidence. Other commenters call him out and he then abandons any pretence of discussion and accuses other commenters of talking past each other. Yet he was the one making broad and bald assumptions without a shred of evidence. He goes on to make all the usual claims.
Clearly though he isn’t reading the building bodies of evidence that show that the union centric control of schooling is failing and that the refreshing and unrestrictive methods used in charter schools are achieving huge success in any jurisdiction you care to mention.
Quite simply the facts do not support the lies that the teacher unions are telling everyone via a compliant and uncritical media.Â As the model is bedded in across different places there is some good stuff coming out:
How can policymakers, educators, and parents know if charter schools are delivering on their promise of improving studentsâ€™ lives? Test scores are the barometer most frequently used. While test scores can tell us a lot about school quality, they donâ€™t always indicate how effective schools are at helping students secure a better future â€“ from high school graduation, through college, and into the workforce. Now, for the first time, we have solid data about how charter schools not only improve studentsâ€™ academic performance, but also give them a great start in life. Read more »