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

Thursday, March 27, 2014

NYTimes Editorial Board Goes Soft on 4 Year Olds

Maybe Brent Staples is getting sentimental in his middle age, but the Editorial Board is suddenly all misty-eyed about pre-K and kindergarten urban children being kicked out of school for any breach of the total compliance system perfected in the KIPP reform schools.

I, too, worry about these children, but I worry, too, about the ones who are left there, whose little human spirits that are not strong enough to cry out, NO.  And then there are those suffering in the 1-12 grades, who are subjected to a regimen that even adult teachers can't take for more than than a year or two, with large numbers of them left scarred by their experiences.  If the prison guards can't make it in these child prisons, what do you think the inmates are suffering?

Apparently, this question never crossed Brent Staples' mind, as he has been as loyal to the "No Excuses" mantra as our clueless President, who would call out the National Guard if his own children were treated like millions of poor kids in the segregated neo-eugenics industrial psychology camps that the U. S. government gives hundreds of millions of dollars each year.  Shame of the nation??  You have just touched the tip of the iceberg, Mr. Staples.

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