Charter schools provide choices for children who want to join the military, specialize in music, or pursue a career in finance or science. Charter schools can identify a child’s skills and enhance those skills while simultaneously instructing them with the basic educational needs every child should receive. Charter schools provide parents with alternative choices for school in case a parent does not agree with private and public schooling. Charter schools allow children to be more diverse and interact with people from all over the country and world.
First I want to say, charter schools are a valued option in the scope of school choice. I support concept of choice school in Delaware 100%. However choice can also be provided internally in all traditional public schools.
As far as the charter comment about the military. Long before Delaware Military Academy, JrROTC was available for public schools. In fact the amazing Chuck Baldwin formal commandant and founding member of DMA lead the JrROTC program at Christiana High School. Also, in the community there are programs such as The Young Marines founded by The Marine Corp League with full support of the United States Marine Corp and The U.S. Navy Sea Cadet Corps founded by the Navy League of The Untied States with full support of the United States Navy. These organizations including DMA aren’t about training tomorrow warriors. The are about helping building character and discipline of our youth. School district and all charter schools need to consider exploring expanding JrROTC in their high schools and reaching the The Young Marines and Sea Cadets that do operate in Delaware for elementary through high school age students. The Young Marines start at the age 8 and I believe the Sea Cadets at age 11 for both boys and girls.
Music and Arts: Creating a “magnet” school such as Cab Calloway see fine. However, every school should have drama, band, and enhanced arts. There is zero need for even a magnet school.
Fiance and Business: The programs can be offered within existing high schools and even middle schools.
“Charter schools allow children to be more diverse and interact with people from all over the country and world.” No charter schools hinders diversity and because of certain admission preferences well crafted into the law by racists it fuels re-segregation via de facto segregation. The landscape of America is changing and the world is coming to America as it did from the birth of America. To pigeonhole children in schools “designed” for them is dangerous and counter productive to promoting diversity. “America” is on the edge of major civil unrest because broken promises made in regards to education and advance in equal rights have stalled. The election of an African-American president is only a short-term high and a milestone for African-Americans. And speaking of diversity, our president is of mixed race black and white.
Again, charter schools are a welcome option but end the racially seeded admission preferences forcing charter schools to have open admission with a “transparent” lottery system free of “counseling out techniques” they popularity will dwindle. Public schools with internal choices even in academics can exists. Honor and AP programs have been around long before charter schools. And yes specific interest did apply to honors and AP. However, the schools that housed those programs did exclude at-risk student and special needs students. School vouchers will be a game changer and are feared by both charters and traditional public schools.