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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.

From Advocating on Madison Public Schools:

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.

From Cato@Liberty:

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.

From NYCEducator:

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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I'm glad there's at least two people brave enough to stand up and question the New York teachers' union on behalf of the children. Bless Jay Mathews and John Stossel! I would have a greater respect for the unions if they were able to get the unqualified and/or dangerous teachers out of the classrooms before harming the children. Just read in Long Island's Newsday another teacher has been arrested. Enough with the unions. They know who can teach and who shouldn't be teaching. If the unions could get the unprofessional teachers out of the classrooms more quickly then I would have respect for the unions.

I will never forget when I had an "issue" with a teacher, the next thing I knew, the teacher would not meet with me unless the "union rep" was present. What nonsense. Want more nonsense? How about my son's physical education teacher being told by his union rep he couldn't use the exercise equipment in the high school during the school day, because when he was in the room and talking to the other students, they considered it being "on duty" and it was a violation of some kind. As a triathlete, he thought it was nonsense, and quite frankly, so do I. Is that what unions are there for? I think not.

Posted by: 1voraciousreader | March 27, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

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