ERIC Number: EJ996989
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
Charter Management Organizations and the Regulated Environment: Is It Worth the Price?
Goodman, Joan F.
Educational Researcher, v42 n2 p89-96 Mar 2013
Urban minority children are increasingly being educated at public schools run by charter management organizations (CMOs) characterized by a highly rule-ordered and regulated environment. These rules, enforced through continuous streams of reinforcements and penalties, while contributing to a tight focus on academics and a safe culture, have associated costs. The article scrutinizes four CMO commonalities, along with their implications: the pervasive adult monitoring of students, targeting behaviors tangential to learning, attributing independent agency to children who deviate, and student derogation by adults. It is concluded that rules can indeed be protective, but if not counterbalanced with opportunities for genuine choice and personal agency, the rules may quell students' desires and shrink their aspirations. A blanketing emphasis on obedience can create conditions for accepting instruction, but alone, it is dangerous, for students will not have developed their own compass to resist negative models. (Contains 3 notes.)
Descriptors: Minority Group Children, Educational Change, Charter Schools, School Administration, Urban Education, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Achievement Gap, Progress Monitoring, Empowerment, Discipline, Personal Autonomy, Minority Group Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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