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Look What's Going On in Charter Schools

philmay Wrote: Apr 10, 2012 11:59 AM
That is comparing apples and oranges... The author first talks about the so-called charter schools with no evidence of teaching religion and then she moves on to Tarek Ibn Ziyad Academy, totally irrelevant schools who explicitly teach religion. That way she tries to give the impression that successful American charter schools and an Islamic school in Minnesota are the same things.
BoxingKitty Wrote: Apr 10, 2012 1:35 PM
Author must have been paid by a teachers' union, the same one that has the commercial on TV blasting charter schools.
David70 Wrote: Apr 10, 2012 1:33 PM
I disagree, she is telling us a Turk named Gulen has figured out how to get tax dollars to start "so called" charter schools that are in many cases Islamic madrasas with the end game being a caliphate in America.

This Gulen character is a major figure in changing Turkey from secular to a religious run country under Islam. He is also very wealthy, has tons of body guards & security in a PA compound.
philmay Wrote: Apr 10, 2012 3:39 PM
This is not what I am saying. I personally know TIZA Academies. They are one of a kind and totally different from other charter schools mentioned in this article.

It is a cheap trick in journalism. You put a news and next to that news you put the picture of a person that belongs to another news. People who read the first news connect the dots by looking at the picture of the second news even though they are irrelevant. In some cases, that person could be under quick judgment.

Anyway, the author here does the same tactic. She talks about two irrelevant school systems, but she gives in the same article so that the readers are confused and think that they are all the same.

Got it?
Rochesternative Wrote: Apr 10, 2012 11:54 PM
So is the info about Islamic studies wrong?

The charter school movement was presented to the American people as a way to have more parental control over public school education. Charter schools are public schools financed by local taxpayers and federal grants.

Charter schools are able to hire and fire teachers, administrators and staff and avoid control by education department bureaucrats and the teachers unions. No doubt there are some good charter schools, but loose controls have allowed a very different kind of school to emerge.

Charter schools have opened up a path for foreigners to run schools at the expense of the U.S. taxpayers, without much news coverage. One...