The KIPP Model is both unustainable and inhumane in numerous ways that I document in a new book thatexamines inner workings of "no excuses" charter schools. Both teachers and students are being used, abused, and discarded in order to benefit a paternalistic corporate ideology that advantages powerful elites at the expense of the most vulnerable children. Parents should be up in arms.
When teachers with little teacher preparation or child development training and even less understanding of disadvantaged children's needs are commanded by school CEOs to keep children in a psychological lockdown state and laser focused on raising test scores by any means necessary, abused children often result. The abusers are rarely apprehended, and if they are, they are almost never prosecuted.
After earlier KIPP abuse incidents this school year in New Orleans and St. Louis, a Denver KIPP is the latest venue for, yet, another bruised and battered KIPP student. It is time for the white elites who support this dehumanizing form of education for the children of the poor to share the liability for this kind of predictable outcome that has become commonplace, even though most incidents go unreported to parents or police.
From Channel 9 in Denver: