Monday, May 10, 2010

charter schools

I keep seeing charter schools in the news lately for being largely a disappointment. Some are great but most are mediocre, even a little worse than regular public schools, says headline after headline.

But why are they judging them collectively? The whole point of charter schools was to allow for innovation in education, to try out new things and stick with the ones that work. Success isn't guaranteed - this disparity between the occasional great charter schools and the mass of mediocre ones is exactly what was expected.

It's like saying life is a failure because most mutations fail and most species die out. I sure don't want to be the reporter who says we should give up on evolution. Why are so many jumping on the anti-charter school bandwagon?

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