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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Corporate reform strategies not working say U.C. prof

NY Times
U.C. Berkeley Prof. David Kirp, writes in the New York Times, Teaching is Not a Business, that corporate reform is not working.
TODAY’S education reformers believe that schools are broken and that business can supply the remedy. Some place their faith in the idea of competition. Others embrace disruptive innovation, mainly through online learning. Both camps share the belief that the solution resides in the impersonal, whether it’s the invisible hand of the market or the transformative power of technology.
Neither strategy has lived up to its hype, and with good reason. It’s impossible to improve education by doing an end run around inherently complicated and messy human relationships. 
More Kirp:
 Charter schools have been promoted as improving education by creating competition. But charter students do about the same, over all, as their public school counterparts, and the worst charters, like the online K-12 schools that have proliferated in several states, don’t deserve to be called schools. 

1 comment:

  1. Agree and further more, the parents of children with low incident needs ( autism, ID, exc. ) are usually frustrated out of these schools as they provide little to no support and excuses for not supplying much needed services. Civil Rights, IDEA, ADA, FAPE laws are being violated and no one appears to that there is no apparent school choice for the disabled student.

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