One such retooling may be Knowledge Is Power Program charters, if this piece at Education Next authored by Alexandra Boyd, Robert Maranto and Caleb Rose is any indication: “The Softer Side of ‘No Excuses.’”
I probably wouldn’t have spent much time on this article since it comes from two people connected with the University of Arkansas’s Walton-funded Department of Education Reform. No need to read because charter schools and school choice receive the same distorted advocacy from the DER’s crowd of endowed chairs as cigarettes did by the scientists working for Big Tobacco in years gone by.
But I noticed something interesting in the opening paragraphs, me (and a fellow KIPP critic, Jim Horn):
Also not surprisingly, KIPP and other No Excuses schools have no shortage of critics. Furman University education professor P. L. Thomas, who admitted in a recent speech at the University of Arkansas to never having been in a No Excuses charter school, complains in a widely referenced 2012 Daily Kos post that in such schools, “Students are required to use complete sentences at all times, and call female teachers ‘Miss’—with the threat of disciplinary action taken if students fail to comply.” Regarding KIPP in particular, Cambridge College professor and blogger Jim Horn, who admits to having never been inside a KIPP school, nonetheless has referred to KIPP as a “New Age eugenics intervention at best,” destroying students’ cultures, and a “concentration camp” at worst.Please continue reading HERE.