We want to be able to provide relevant lessons to our students, to teach them subjects that they want to know, or at least to be able to show them how are subjects are relevant to their lives.
We do NOT want to cram test prep materials down our students throats and constantly remind them that they aren’t living up to standards.
Why can a Turkish imam do this, but we can’t?
Consider Dove Science Academy in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, which is owned by the Sky Foundation, founded by Oklahoma State University graduate students in 2000. For the record, Turkey is still sending graduate students in education to Oklahoma, and some of them are studying how public school teachers are using technology in their classrooms.
Why can’t we support our existing public schools so that they can provide services just as well as, if not better than, the charters?
Consider the schools in Finland, where educators studied the research coming out of American universities. Not only did the discover the best practices for teaching them, they implemented these practices. Meanwhile, United States education reformers snagged the education wheel and are currently driving us over the cliff of high stakes testing and other unfunded mandates that do more harm than good.
Not, that Finland did not do this by privatizing education, or turning it over to profiteers.