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Topic: CHARTERS AND CONSEQUENCES: An Investigative Series (NPE)
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Carleton Washburne

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Posted: Nov 19, 2017 1:39 PM
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An Investigative Series

Again, too many words for Haim, Bob, Wayne, et al., but surely they taught reading summaries and/or skimming in 1017?

Meanwhile, I don't condemn all charter schools or reject the notion that they can and sometimes do bring valuable contributions to the education options for our children. Neither does an incisive critique of many of what's actually going on with many (most, in fact) charter schools excuse the legion of problems in neighborhood public schools, including the absolute best. Our entire model of schooling has been wrong-headed and flawed since at least the late 19th century.

However, the critics from groups like Club 1017 are not going to lead us forward. Their politics is undemocratic and elitist. Their focus is self-serving and narrow-minded. Their pedagogical and overall philosophy is not only anti-democratic, it's anti-child.

The trick for progressive-minded people is to recognize that public schools need to be overhauled from the ground up, but generally not for the reasons spouted by people with an 11th-century worldview. We don't move ahead by denying the many problems we create and perpetuate with the institutions of 19th-century capitalism. But we don't solve those problems with 11-century thinking.

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