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Like Charter Schools, Britain's Academies Aim High

lemmi Wrote: Jul 16, 2012 12:24 PM
We have gone from "Spare the rod and spoil the child" to telling every kid they are special, not keeping score in sports and passing kids who should be held back to avoid hurt feelings and giving children everything they want without having to do anything in return, no wonder we have a generation that feels entitled. The responsibility falls on the parents and the schools, children burdened by poor parenting can still learn, it has been proven by charter schools in inner cities when compared with their neighboring public school. Children raised by idiots will probably be idiots and children taught by teachers only interested in protecting tenure will not learn.
LONDON -- 1776 is a number with great resonance for Americans, but not one you expect to be featured on a British government website.

But there it is, on the home page of the United Kingdom's Department of Education: "As of 1 April 2012, there are 1776 academies open in England."

Academies, as you might expect, mean something different in Britain than in the United States. They are, approximately, what we would call charter schools. And there are 1,776 of them largely because of the energy and determination of British Education Secretary Michael Gove.

Britain, like America, has gotten pretty dismal...