”The closest Newark Charter comes to cherry-picking is the self selection factor of parents wanting their children to attend the school”
Very true but parents aren’t too concerned with the charter school law that is fractured and discriminatory. It’s really not their fault because they just want the best for their children. Charters are public schools but yet the law allows them a bit of private status. Charter’s cry poor-mouth re: capital funding but when the call for addressing admission preferences is made, you’d think it was a federal offense for demanding equal public school access. Charter school parents are good people caught in the crossfire of reestablishing “fair and equitable education”.
My children attend M.O.T. Charter. When I pick them up three days a week from after school activities, it looks like a regular dismissal because so many children are participating. The special events involving parents are endless. My wife finds herself communicating almost daily with other parents to make sure all homework assignments are coming home, We have a nightly fight to make sure homework is done and projects are progressing on schedule. Let’s not demonize charter schools because many of them succeed. Lets learn from their success.
And what would public schools look like without parents like you that are so engaged their child’s education?
I say, blame public school teachers for lack of parental engagement all you want but it is the leadership of the school districts and the state legislators who fail to address irresponsible parents. Teachers are just that! Not social workers and have not been trained in “crisis intervention” for parent and student. Leaving a child in the car while running into Wawa is an unthinkable crime. But neglect the educational support needs of one’s child is, “there is nothing we can do legally”.
Perhaps parents want their child in a school where other parents have the same values. After-all, children without parents engaged are often the most troubled and academic challenged that slows the pace of learning for other children. Also, holds teachers back from maintaining a teaching pace to ensure students exceed expectation. We should never accept meeting the standards because charter parents will tell you it’s about exceeding them.
If we had stronger laws holding parents accountable would we need charters? If we had a governor was more psychologically adept he could understand the fibers within the complexity of sociology wrapped into education in that holding teachers for the failure of society is wrongheaded. Public school teachers and their formal training have not keep pace with social meltdown. Why is there such a culture shock for new young teachers entering the classrooms for the first time? Jack put down your Wall Street Journal and political aspirations and engage as the public servant you should be. We’d be better off with Dr. Phil as secretary of education than a three-year gym teachers who has been run through the Rodel Frankenstein factory!
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