A Dissenting View on the Knowledge is Power Program
In discussions about Jay Mathews from around the web, Kentucky School News and Commentary takes issue with Mathew's take on the Knowledge is Power Progam:
In his new book, "Work Hard. Be Nice.," Jay Mathews claims that the Knowledge is Power Program is the "best program serving severely disadvantaged, minority-group students in America today.
Let me begin—before I'm denounced as a traitor to the cause of educational reform—by saying that I'm inclined to agree. The improbable story of how KIPP was founded in 1994 by David Levin and Michael Feinberg, two young Teach for America alumni in Houston, is thrilling and worthy reading. KIPP's mission has been akin to putting the first man on the moon: an all-out education race, requiring extraordinary, round-the-clock dedication from parents, students, and teachers alike.
But the program is not the proven, replicable model for eliminating the achievement gap in the inner city that Mathews imagines, and this distinction is crucial. KIPP may be something more important: a unique chance to test, once and for all, the alluring but suspect notion that there actually is an educational panacea for social inequality. As of yet, the evidence for such a thing doesn't exist.
Washington Post Editors
| April 15, 2009; 2:17 AM ET
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