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ERIC Number: EJ994937
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-1558-2159
"Finding Superman" Editor Responds
Swail, Watson Scott
Journal of School Choice, v7 n1 p94-97 2013
Like many parents and educators, the author is concerned about both quality and equity in the school systems and schools, public and private. He is equally frustrated at the seemingly zealous focus on producing more and more charter schools when America have had: (1) limited success in that arena; and (2) limited data on their success. That stated, he finds value in the charter experiment. He thinks it is helpful to find out-of-the-box ideas of educational reform. However, he is challenged when he senses a need to grow more and more charters when data show that they perform largely lesser than other public schools. They can be dressed up, but if they look and feel like the lowest-performing schools, guess what? They'll be low performing, too. The author always finds it interesting that a bunch of community and business people can come in and think they build a better school than the bunch with education credentials. Sometimes they can. Most of the time they fail miserably because they are in way over their pay grade with respect to educational pedagogy. Of course, the real problem is that there are too many underperforming, out-moded, and under-talented schools. These are the bad schools, and the word bad is fitting. Over 55 million students are taught in K-12 public and private schools in the United States annually. The sheer scope of this issue is hard to fathom. Nevertheless, it is a critical issue that must be contended with in America, and the charter discussion is an important piece of that discussion. In this article, the author makes a few targeted points about Dr. Maranto's review of his edited book, "Finding Superman: Debating the Future of Public Education in America" (2012). (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States