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Like Charter Schools, Britain's Academies Aim High

sfischer Wrote: Jul 16, 2012 1:29 PM
Yea, I'm not sure just how high the Charter Schools aim for. A sign posted at a local charter school reads: '__________ ______ don't like the "D"! Let's skip the "C" and aim for a "B"!' Apparently that's the extent of their ambition.
geotay Wrote: Jul 16, 2012 2:03 PM
Government schools say 'enjoy yourself - we'll curve the scores and pass you'.
sfischer Wrote: Jul 16, 2012 4:45 PM
Ain't that the truth. And then the poor kids go out into the real world and wonder why life doesn't grade on the same curve.
lemmi Wrote: Jul 16, 2012 1:34 PM
Is this your best argument?
sfischer Wrote: Jul 16, 2012 1:55 PM
That's not an argument. Just saying that the dumbing down of our educational system is invading the charter schools as well. Charters are still better than the government schools that students are stuck in.
lemmi Wrote: Jul 16, 2012 2:13 PM
My apologies, I thought it was your defence of public schools
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...