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

Friday, July 23, 2010

Part III - With a Twist

This is part three of a three part series on charters and philanthropy. I offered a brief overview of philanthropy's options for expanding charter schools in part one, and looked at a recent report on charter management organizations (CMOs), the darlings of big philanthropy, in part two.

Part three was supposed to look at: how Tom Vander Ark commented on the report via his blog, EdReformer; how one of the CRPE researcher's responded to his summary; how Tom responded when presented with evidence that contradicted his claims; and why this is all significant.

One problem: the comments have been removed from Tom's bog, which means I don't have the primary evidence to offer readers. I'd strongly prefer to present the actual evidence instead of relying on my own summary. I'll try to track down the comments before explaining any further, and, if that comes up fruitless, I'll resort to my own recollection of the comments (with some help from a few others that certainly read the materials).

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