How long before parents revolt against schools here?

via LA Times

via LA Times

Doreen Diaz says the worst thing about the Desert Trails elementary school in Adelanto, California, a desert city 150 kilometres or so from Los Angeles, was not that it failed to teach her children, but that its teachers did not even believe her children could learn.

Desert Trails, says Diaz, in her quiet, nuanced second-language English, was not just a failed school, but one without even the will to succeed. Teachers taught only subjects that were to be covered in upcoming public tests and abandoned them immediately after the exams. The school churned out children who were given no classes in physical education, art or music, children who could not read and who were destined to replicate the poverty of many of their parents.

So in 2011 Diaz and a group of parents took radical action and suddenly found themselves at the centre of one of America’s new culture-war battlegrounds, the conflict over the rise of charter schools – schools that are largely publicly funded but operated by private companies.

Diaz and her friends began to use a controversial new Californian law, known as the parent trigger, that allows groups of parents to sack their school district, take over its administration and select a private operator to run their school as a charter.

Power to the parents… David Lange’s Tomorrow’s Schools was supposed to hand power to the parents but in reality it just created an extra layer of bureaucracy that the teacher unions use to play one off against the other.

Meaning their control of schools remains… the teacher unions are part of the problem not part of the solution.

 

Source: SMH


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