Sunday, September 13, 2015

The Third Way - A New School System. The Higherest Preformingest School System Ever Seen.

I looked at some data again. I'm almost always shocked at the result. It tends to poke enormous holes in what's being sold on the street (and in the Massachusetts State House) as "excellence". 

A picture's worth a thousand words, so...

(Oh, keep in mind that Commonwealth Charter Schools are now taking $125 Million... a year.... away from Boston Public Schools) (That's nearly $1 million dollars, per school)

Here you go.

I know, jaw dropping. It seems impossible given the constant drumbeat of rhetoric from Education Reformers about children being "Trapped in failing schools", (the schools they've been busy defunding) but look for yourself, here's the data

And... according to the ed reformers, Boston has "the highest preforming charter school sector in the country".  Wow. I don't know about you, but to me, if that's true, I mean, wow.

As shocking as this all is, wait, it gets better.

Of the children that graduate and go onto college, the charter school children fare less well, again.

Lest I forget, documentation.

That's right, worserer and worserer, all mixed together.

So... what I think we need is a third school system. The Higherest Preformingest system ever seen. We can defund the two current separate and unequal school systems - because that's what happens when you set up parallel school systems that all draw from the same pool of children - the same way our predecessors did, by absolutely not giving a damn that Boston's schools are funded by per pupil funding, and that by developing and expanding a parallel system we will remove any remaining chance the vast majority of Boston children still have at receiving a good education. 

I can't wait to get started. Who's in?

John Lerner, Roxbury, MA. 
Member of the Boston Education Justice Alliance