"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

. . .a pupil attitude factor, which appears to have a stronger relationship to achievement than do all the “school” factors together, is the extent to which an individual feels that he has some control over his own destiny. James Coleman, 1966

Thursday, July 09, 2009

A Question for Arne's Army

A couple of charter school gems from Arne's recent speech to the NEA:
"charter schools they need to police themselves or their progress will be stalled"

"charter school operators and authorizers to get much more serious about accountability. They must not protect third-rate charters. Those schools need to close."
So let's see: while public schools are subject to restructuring or shutdown or charter conversion by the Federal government, charter schools, on the other hand, must "police themselves" and "get more serious." The question, then: as Duncan is extremely eager to shut down 5% of the lowest-performing (poorest) public schools, is he as eager, or even willing to entertain the idea, to shut down the 37% of bogus charter schools that are underperforming the public schools that these charters were intended to replace?

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