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

Monday, January 11, 2010

New York Times Confirms Loyalty to Bloomberg's Charter Propaganda Machine

Brent Staples has been stupid about education for a long time, and today's NYTimes Editorial on charter schools in NYC shows that he is only getting stupider by the day. A recent report on NYC charters showed 51% of students in NYC charters do better in math than the public schools, which means of, course, that in 49% of charters, they do worse or no better than the publics.

In reading, only 29% of NYC charters have higher reading scores than the public schools, which means that in 71% of the charters, reading scores are no better or lower than the public schools.

Now here is how Staples and Co. reports these findings in their corporate editorial today:
. . . .A new study from the center [CREDO] has turned up a brighter picture in New York City, where students at more than half of the charter schools are showing more academic improvement in math than their traditional-school counterparts. The reading numbers were not as strong, but still nearly 30 percent of charters outperformed traditional schools. . . . .

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous12:12 AM

    There was a similar editorial in the Sun LA Times re the charters here though it was presented as "news" and not on the op ed page. A concerted bicoastal campaign? All of it must make Duncan very happy, his pals in these once esteemed papers doing his bidding.