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Chicago Strike Shows Why we Need School Choice

One for All Wrote: Sep 17, 2012 12:45 PM
This is almost seeming like some out of control circular Catch-22 senario. The children are dumb because their parents are dumb because the schools are horrible because the teachers are terrible because the Govt. is dumb because the citizens are dumb because the children are dumb......
everyonesfacts4usall Wrote: Sep 17, 2012 1:02 PM
Good point, but also consider 86% of students in CPS come from lowest economic quartile .
Then consider that children from the lowest quartile are on average read to 40 hours before they are school age where as children from the highest quartile are read to 1000 hrs.
And furthermore students from the bottom quartile are most likely to experience reading loss during the summer (i.e. they actually start the next school year reading below where they read at the end of the previous school year).

That is why the increase in hours and year is beneficial (and was not what the fight was over).

I would recommend the following: pre-natal programs, reading programs for infants/toddlers/pre-schoolers, and year round schooling up to a certain age. BT
brutledge Wrote: Sep 17, 2012 12:57 PM
That's why we need to break the cycle. Teachers who refuse to be evaluated must not be competent.
It says something about today’s public education reality that the two sides in the teachers’ union dispute in Chicago are the union and the mayor.

Allegedly the point of schools is to educate children. But which side in this dispute has sole interest in children and their parents?

The answer, of course, is neither side.

Unions are about the economic interests of the teachers. The mayor is about his budget and the economic interests of the city.

No one solely represents the interests of the kids.

It’s not to say that...