For years, we have had to listen as politicians sang the praises of charter schools, and how much of an improvement they are over regular public schools.
Now that a new study has shown that has not been the case in Kansas City, the accompanying video gives charter school proponents' reasons why they did not do as well as public schools.
Why, these kids were two to three years behind grade level when they came to the charter schools, so you can't expect miracles. It was the traditional public schools that failed them. Or even worse, it was the kids themselves.
If that is the case, then why is it that the traditional public schools did better than the charter schools on tests. I find it hard to believe that the charters deliberately chose the lowest scoring students.
The sad news is that the traditional public schools and the charter schools, which are also public, which do not have to follow all of the rules and regulations, all fell short on the tests.
It is time that our politicians stop mouthing the same tired platitudes about education and admit that the real key to improving education is to improve the conditions in which these children are living. There are problems in public education, but as long as we allow the issue to be defined as being limited to bad teachers (or perhaps I should say teacher unions), the problem will never be solved.
All we will have once the teacher unions are destroyed, is an even worse version of what is going on now in American education- the rich will get educated and the poor will be condemned to stay that way.