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Old November 30th, 2017, 11:31 AM   #11
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I am afraid you are mistaken. The parents either do not have the power or they are too ignorant to know their children are being hurt. That community has serious problems and we do have enough information to know what the problems are. A charter school in this community is unlikely to do any better than the public school.

Two things need to be done. Identify the problems in the community and then brainstorm possible solutions. Empower the parents and teachers to make a difference. Return to parents having authority over the decisions regarding their children, and remove school policy that destroys the authority of parents and teachers!

The 1958 Nation Defense Education took us down the wrong path, and every year things are getting worse unless children are living in a privileged neighborhood, where people with money assume they have power, and if not power at least choices. What is happening in school districts where parents do not assume power, is really bad. Where teachers do not have liberty and power, things will be really bad. Education for technology is the problem, not the solution to the problem, because it shifts power and authority to a policy and the policymakers, without a consensus on what we think is best, and leaving us no recourse when things are going wrong because we can not get to the policymakers and share the decision making with them. Power and authority have been shifted. That is the problem.
If students flee a school or district 1 of 2 things will happen the bad school or district will:

1. take action and IMPROVE
2. Close down freeing up monies for successful schools.
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Old November 30th, 2017, 03:49 PM   #12
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this is the schools website, the link is provided in the original article.

Ballou High School

have a look at the "ballou video highlight" at the bottom of the page.

its hard to fail to notice a certain racial trend.

now, i am not freemind, i am not claiming causation, its without question a complicated situation, but it cannot be a coincidence. i know, its poverty, its prejudice, its lots of social and historical reasons, and as a liberal left winger i would love to see something done about it. but simply giving everyone a junk 'diploma' is worse than useless, it does nothing to address the actual issues, its a meaningless token gesture. if anything it makes things worse, because the people in power can now claim something was done, they can take the moral high ground and make themselves look like heros, when the actual situation continues unchallenged.
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It's a school in a poor neighborhood, and this sounds like an experiment, that's how you learn.
I can see where the program could deliver impressive results, not in the first year, but you are presenting your elementary school kids with the reality that they can go to college, that that is real, and that they should prepare.
Just that should result in dramatically improved performance in a decade or less.
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It's a school in a poor neighborhood, and this sounds like an experiment, that's how you learn.
I can see where the program could deliver impressive results, not in the first year, but you are presenting your elementary school kids with the reality that they can go to college, that that is real, and that they should prepare.
Just that should result in dramatically improved performance in a decade or less.
No, the lesson the kids take is you donít have to work, or even show up.
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It's a school in a poor neighborhood, and this sounds like an experiment, that's how you learn.
I can see where the program could deliver impressive results, not in the first year, but you are presenting your elementary school kids with the reality that they can go to college, that that is real, and that they should prepare.
Just that should result in dramatically improved performance in a decade or less.
i agree with webguy. the students are getting the message that attending, paying attention in class, studying, learning, are all irrelevant.
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i agree with webguy. the students are getting the message that attending, paying attention in class, studying, learning, are all irrelevant.
Careful, your liberal friends may run from you to the nearest safe space.
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