From coast to coast, the billionaire-backed education reform project is back-pedaling, and there are signs of desperation showing up all over.
I managed to calm down only when I began to recall that virtually none of what he said was true: graduation rates are at an all time high,
It stands to reason that effective teachers who are "false positives," meaning that they were inaccurately categorized, will behave like their colleagues who are not effective. Both will leave the D.C. schools.
Early results are less than encouraging. The experience may teach us some important lessons about how people learn - if we are willing to pay attention.
Decisions that were made without democratic input are not legitimate. Officials implementing these policies should be challenged in public at every opportunity.
Speaking truth to power, as these parents did, is an intoxicating thing. It delivers to both speaker and witnesses a shiver, an awakening to the fact that we do not need to suffer in silence, or allow our children to suffer without objection.
The fittest will survive and perhaps have a chance at that ever-shrinking middle class. The rest will flounder, but we have the "ethos of the meritocracy" to rescue us from any pangs of moral conscience.
more and more teachers are being identified with PTSD symptoms due to the "perception of an increasingly hostile work environment."
Charter schools are happy to accept public dollars, but reject the oversight and accountability that comes with operation as a public school.
It is interesting that Mr. Petrilli uses the word "faith" to describe his belief that schools will somehow rescue the poor from impoverishment.