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Chicago Strike Shows Why we Need School Choice

tporter Wrote: Sep 17, 2012 3:08 PM
I am a conservative Math teacher of 33 years. It seems that a lot of folks think they have the answer and it is all choice. Not so. The answer isn't more evaluations for teachers either. Until society VALUES a good education nothing will change. It is true lower economic groups tend to do poorer on tests, but education isn't valued in those homes. The main reason homeschool, charter schools, private schools, and public schools work is the parents (or significant adult) care that the kids get a good education and the kids realize it is expected of them to go to school and learn and do the work necessary to get a good education. The other contries that are passing US understand that. All the excuses and fault finding are the problem.
Stuart95 Wrote: Sep 17, 2012 3:15 PM
So pretend that while you cannot change the family culture of most of these kids, but you had complete freedom to teach with any methods that you deem to be in the best interests of the students. That, and $12,500 per student, per year.

What would you do?
tporter Wrote: Sep 17, 2012 4:58 PM
There are many things that need to be done both as incentives and as accountability. Kids that don't do their homework, for whatever reason, need to stay after school to do it with the help of teachers, not just fail. Kids that fail tests need to have to stay after to get help that obviously they can't get at home. Kids that pass state standards need to be rewarded, probably monetarily for each they pass so they see the connection between hard work and education and a pay check of sorts. It needs to not be an option to opt out if they are struggling, but to learn they have to spend more time and effort to learn. If it is inconvenient for the parent, too bad. Your child needs an education! Be the parent and see that the child gets it.
Stuart95 Wrote: Sep 20, 2012 1:23 PM
See? You have several good ideas that you could use to promote your own charter school.

I would add that students be given options, such as a college-prep track, a community-college track, vocational track (PC repair, carpentry, plumbing, etc. - many of which earn more than college graduates), and maybe a track for people who don't know what they want to do, but aren't capable of meeting current standards.
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...