Re: Tory Policy Turns Upside Down on Charters, er, Academies
You don't like the fact that Black parents and Hispanic parents in urban areas are sending their children to charter schools? Perish the thought that Black parents and Hispanic parents might actually know better than you what kinds of schools are best for their children.
If charter schools served only to segregate poor children and minority children and did not improve educational opportunities for them, America's civil rights watchdogs would be fighting against charter schools tooth and nail. Instead, if anything they are fighting for them ...
If you believe that poor children and minority children in the South and Southwest would benefit from transportation that allowed them to attend charter schools, then you should advocate for that instead of coming up with increasingly bizarre arguments against charter schools.
For years you said that NCLB was a racist plot against poor children and minority children and a stealthy ploy by the Business Roundtable and the Fordham Foundation to privatize public education. You were depantsed two summers ago, when the nation's civil rights establishment rose up to oppose legislation that would have weakened NCLB's accountability requirements. Why you continue to parade around in a state of undress is beyond me.
From: James Horn <email@example.com>
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Subject: [arn-l] Tory Policy Turns Upside Down on Charters, er, Academies
In the U. S., we have two kinds of charter schools, even though both are
segregated. In the urban centers of the North, we have the "no excuses"
behavioral chain gangs that contain the children of the black and brown poor
in order to perform that special KIPP style brand of cognitive
sterilization. In the South and Southwest, we have the exclusive
high-performing white charters located in white neighborhoods, with
curriculums fit for the Seths and Caitlins and with no transportation
provided for the black or the brown who live in the slums.
Back in 2007 when David Cameron's chances of becoming PM were slim to none,
he was preaching the virtues of the former charter variety, all under the
banner of justice for the poor. From the *Telegraph*, May 23,
In a newspaper article yesterday, he said: "In Wisconsin, for example, a new
generation of charter schools is bringing the highest standards of schooling
to the poorest kids in the poorest neighbourhoods. I believe we can do it
Well, being PM is different than talking about becoming PM. Already Cameron
has rolled out a plan to create a whole bunch of publicly-financed private
academies that look almost exactly like the U. S. Southern charter gated
model that favors walling off the white middle class children to prepare
them with everything they need to know to take over the reins when their
white parents retire on their BP-funded pensions. The word "charter" has
become so toxic and synonymous with corruption that Cameron's Tories have
opted for the Southern term, too--academies. The unwashed will remain in
the publics, at least for now. From the
. . . .The government's education plans have been criticised after it
emerged that hundreds of
>being offered a
fast-track to academy status are the most socially
An analysis by the *Observer* found that secondary schools judged as
"outstanding" by Ofsted are taking 40% fewer poor pupils than the national
average. Michael Gove <http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/michaelgove
secretary of state for education, has written to all schools inviting them
to apply to become academies <http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/academies
a move that will free them from local authority control.
However, he is particularly urging "outstanding" schools to join the scheme
and has approved them all in advance. "We specifically want to provide
opportunities for outstanding schools to open as academies as early as
September 2010," he wrote to headteachers.
Campaigners are warning that the policy risks creating a two-tier system in
which resources and attention are focused on the most middle-class schools.
"The figures do suggest that the new cadre of academies will be more
socially exclusive than schools as a whole," said Dr Lee Elliot Major,
director of research and policy at the Sutton Trust, a group that works to
improve the educational opportunities for young people from non-privileged
Major argued that the "admissions code", which is supposed to stop schools
from selecting middle-class children in an attempt to improve behaviour and
results, needs to be strengthened.
"The freeing-up of state schools makes it even more important that strong
checks and balances and incentives are in place so that school intakes
reflect the social mix of the communities they serve â and that any
education reforms benefit all children, not just the most privileged," he
said. . . .
Posted By Jim Horn to Schools
6/12/2010 01:54:00 PM
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