EDPS 360 (A2) Fall 2013

Posts Tagged ‘charter schools’

Can charter school superheroes save us?

In Cooperative Blog Posts on October 15, 2013 at 8:37 am

by Brent:

After dissecting the Staples article entitled “Top Schools Raise Up Kids From All Background,” as well as the films Waiting for Superman and The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman, I think it’s safe to say that learning can and does occur regardless of a child’s background. Within the article, Staples delves into which Alberta schools do the best job of educating students, and while I appreciate the nature and results of the study, I am left shaking my head at the current state of schooling in Alberta. Though relevant issues such as background and quality of teaching are addressed within the article, the inequality between schools is not fully uncovered. The fact that well-off schools exist within a province of plenty suggests that there is an extreme imbalance within the educational system. This leaves me to ask, in the social realm of education, what

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Slate: Why I Stopped Writing Recommendation Letters for Teach for America

In Commentary on October 14, 2013 at 6:30 am

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Why I Stopped Writing Recommendation Letters for Teach for America

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A new wrinkle on the charter school movement — MOOC-home-charter schooling

In Commentary on October 13, 2013 at 10:05 am

Opinion: Online charter schools pose risk to public system.

What are our real choices?

In Cooperative Blog Posts on October 10, 2013 at 7:45 am


As I was reading this article (Kachur, “Privatizing Public Choice”) and after a few class discussions about should parents have the right to choose which school their children should attend? I was a bit confused, because I thought parents already do choose which schools they send their kids. After reading this article, I had a bit more understanding at what the question was really asking. I was looking at this eissue in a different mindset and cultural view. In my family throughout my k-12 education years, my parents and the rest of my family had a different set of criteria when choosing schools for myself or my cousins. They did not look at grading standards for each schools because they had complete faith and trust in the school system and their methods of education. What they looked for in choosing schools was for mobility, accessible public transportation, and family heritage. My family tends to pick schools Read the rest of this entry »

Staples: Top schools raise up kids from all backgrounds

In Commentary on September 4, 2013 at 5:04 am

Staples: Top schools raise up kids from all backgrounds.

Is money important to educational outcomes? What case does Staples make? Do you agree with him? Has he missed something important or missed the point altogether?

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