Ball State is no longer supporting the charter schools in Indiana. (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun for the title)
One of them is the Imagine Schools here in FW. They’re not holding up under the test of time and students.
Here’s a story on it. (Side note~the Indiana Dunes/Lake Michigan is at the top of the webpage. It’s so cool that Indiana has this.)
Here’s the local take: http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20130123/EDIT07/301239992/1147/EDIT07
Related to this, high school graduates are not graduating on time.
I reeeeeallly hate to turn to faux news, but it’s the one with the most info: http://www.kfoxtv.com/news/news/students-not-graduating-on-time-high-school-dropou/nJ8dZ/
Notice how they immediately put the blame on the teachers, and then the parents. While both could be at fault, I take a longer look at this–
The No Child Left A Mind Act. It has now been torturing children since 2002, when W. signed it into law. (Note that speaker Boehner was a co-author)
From the site:
NCLB’s main focus is on skills in reading, writing and mathematics, which are areas related to economic success. Combined with the budget crises in the Late-2000s recession, some schools have cut or eliminated classes and resources for many subject areas that are not part of NCLB’s accountability standards. Since 2007, almost 71% of schools have reduced some instruction time in subjects such as history, arts, language and music, in order to give more time and resources to mathematics and English.
(italics are mine)
The children graduating now and in the next year would have been subjected to this mind-numbing, controlling, micro-managing of schools and teachers for all of their education careers. This system has FAILED miserably, as the inability of these students to graduate on time and with the skills of life (not of business, mind you, but of life–schools are waaaay too influenced by the corporate “needs” instead of the country’s needs of an educated populace that can ask questions and analyze information in a way that is helpful towards sustaining a democracy.)
Another point of the above link was that they were saying the kids didn’t care and were disrespectful. The kids want out of school. This should be a red flag that something is terribly wrong when so many children hate school. We’re born with the natural curiosity in order to learn about our world and how to go about in it. Most kids love to learn, so if they’re not interested in it, then the fault is on the system, not the kids. And I believe the kids are disrespectful because they are repeatedly subjected to boring school days that don’t stimulate their creativity, don’t encourage them to think outside the box, subject them to endless tests, reading, math, reading, tests, reading, math, tests…you get the idea….they become angry because they know they’re being screwed. And they perceive the teachers as being at fault when the teacher is only doing what has been required of her–she cannot teach in a creative way while using her own intuition to conduct the class–she has a guide book that she must follow with little room for any creative expression either by her or her students.
When I was a substitute teacher, on one of the first assignments I got behind in class because we were doing Math and a student was having difficulty understanding the concept. The class day was so unbelievably structured that it didn’t allow for extra time, and I soon fell far behind and couldn’t get everything done that the teacher had outlined. She hit the roof when she came back to class later that day, because it meant she had to add everything I did not get done to the next day, which is also as structured with no time for extra. I never subbed for her again.