"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

Friday, October 01, 2010

NYC Traditional Public Schools Outperform Bloomberg's Corporate Charters

How much reality does it take to slow the corporate juggernaut?  From the NYTimes:
. . . .Charter schools over all received lower grades than traditional schools, a result the teachers’ union president seized on.

Sixty-one percent of traditional public schools, which are unionized, got A’s and B’s, compared with 48 percent of charter schools, where union representation is rare.

“This means that either the strategy Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Klein have touted so often for school reform — the creation of more charter schools — isn’t working,” said Michael Mulgrew, the president of the United Federation of Teachers, “or that the entire progress-report methodology, which relies almost completely on standardized test scores, is flawed.”. . . .

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