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Alternative schools help take students who struggle in a regular school setting or refuse to be a productive member of a regular school community, and place them in schools where the classroom environment better suits their needs. This not only benefits those students, but all of the students the leave behind that can now learn in peace. Those of us who make use of these schools don't knock them because we see the benefits.
If people knew how worthless a high school diploma is across public education in the No Child Left Behind Era, they wouldn't be celebrating. Instead, they would be mourning the death of a valuable education, and the loss of a generation of gifted and talented students to mediocrity. Sad indeed.
In America, we test EVERYONE. It is part of what has always been considered "American Education"--we give everyone the same shot, regardless of disability or ability. This will ALWAYS keep us in the middle of the pack on these lists. There are very few countries ahead of us on that list that do the same thing, and I personally think it's irresponsible for TH to try and spin it as such.
As a teacher, you couldn't pay me $100k a year to work in a city like Chicago. When you are working with those types of inner-city kids, its not a career, its a calling. That is why so many large cities are at huge teacher shortfalls each year. Reading over the issues that are being brought up by teachers on the picket line, it sounds like some have some legitimate concerns. I hope that my fellow conservatives will not simply write those off.
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