On the Web: Readers on KIPP, Charter Schools
Jay's work often spurs comment and discussion not only on this site, but elsewhere. Here's a look at some recent comment, response and more from around the Web.
It is no secret that Mathews is a charter cheerleader and champion of KIPP schools. His columns and recent book have made that much clear. Opinions and a viewpoint are to be expected from columnists. However, I think an ethical line is crossed when – as in Mathews ‘Turmoil at Two KIPP Schools’ — that biased columnist leaves out crucial information while giving the appearance of examining developments contrary to his or her well-established positions. It is a line of trust that is broken and line between journalist and flack that is crossed.
Continue reading this post -- Jay responded in the comments -- on Advocating on Madison Public Schools, including Jay’s response in the comments.
So private school choice programs work, but because they are not growing quite fast enough for Mr. Mathews’ taste we should abandon the entire enterprise? Why keep striving for total victory when can seize defeat today!
The thing is, major social changes are usually, what’s the word… oh yes: hard. Susan B. Anthony co-founded the National Women’s Suffrage Association in 1869. She died in 1906 – 14 years, 5 months and five days before passage of the 19th Amendment.If a social reform is right and just, it will inspire reformers who will fight for it every bit as long as it takes.
Continue reading this post on Cato@Liberty.
Here's where it gets interesting. What outrage, according to Jay, started the turmoil at the NY KIPP? The teachers tried to form a union. Without blinking an eye, Jay Matthews continues, effectively classifiying unionization as an outrage tantamount to child abuse.
And what is the resolution here? Well, at least one of the teachers requesting they unionize has backed off, and perhaps more will follow. So KIPP can perhaps breathe a sigh of relief.
Continue reading this post on NYC Educator.
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