The Myth of Charter Schools by Diane Ravitch | The New York Review of Books
As someone who teaches at a public charter school, I both support alternative education and the public school system. Check out this review by Diane Ravitch. I agree with her on most accounts: that we need to move away from simplistic teacher blaming and realistically analyze the plight of American education--poverty, lack of resources, and the de-professionalization of teaching. If public schools had the kind of resources with which many private schools are provided, I believe student success would soar.
Our students need books. They need healthy food. They need medical care, and attention, and support.
Our teachers need comprehensive preparatory programs. And respectable salaries. And support for innovative practices.
Rather than constantly fighting those who blame us for our students' test scores and fail to see our heroic efforts, let's join together to brainstorm ways to integrate creative practices into teaching and learning. Let's determine meaningful methods of assessment using a variety of approaches that relate to genuine learning. Let's celebrate our successes and build coalitions for positive change.