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ERIC Number: EJ868823
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1740-2743
No Excuses: A Critique of the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) within Charter Schools in the USA
Lack, Brian
Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, v7 n2 p126-153 Nov 2009
The purpose of this paper is to proffer a critical perspective about a specific brand of American schools within the larger charter school movement: the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP). KIPP is currently receiving wholesale acclaim as a radical alternative to public schooling "that works." While KIPP schools ostensibly claim that college acceptance for all students is their primary goal, the principles and practices that undergird their mission are founded upon capitalistic and militaristic ideals that run counter to the ideals of democratic education. I argue that KIPP schools merely preserve the status quo by asking students to overcome overwhelming disparities through "hard work" and "motivation," instead of addressing the structural sources of poverty and poor academic achievement--i.e., the unequal distribution of resources in schools and society. By subscribing to a dictum of no excuses, KIPP essentially puts the onus on the victims of poverty and institutional racism. This clearly conveys the fallacy to urban students that failure in this society will solely be a reflection of not working long and hard enough, or simply not complying with rules set by those with authority.
Institute for Education Policy Studies. University of Northampton, School of Education, Boughton Green Road, Northampton, NN2 7AL, UK. Tel: +44-1273-270943; e-mail: ieps@ieps.org.uk; Web site: http://www.jceps.com
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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