Leftards hate choice. They love the state. Education of our kids is not to involve parents. Leftards hate homeschoolers, private schools (unless they are the ones they are sending their kids to) and public charter schools. The incredible hypocrisy of denying an inner city black parent the opportunity to get a real education while white leftards lecture us about the importance of public schools while sending their kids to private schools. This alone is the closest thing to institutional systemic racism. Terminating public charter schools is one of the demands of the Cali teacher unions that are supposed to be met before they go back to teaching this fall. https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/08/the-case-for-charter-schools.phpTHE CASE FOR CHARTER SCHOOLS
Kevin Williams reviews Thomas Sowell’s new book on charter schools in the July 27 issue of National Review. The review is published under the headline “The Collapsing Case against Charter Schools.” ...
And the numbers? That’s the bloodbath I mentioned.
There is, as one would expect, significant variability in the performance of the charter schools, just as there is significant variability in the performance of the conventional public schools. (And here it bears underscoring: Charter schools are public schools, publicly funded and serving public-school students; the difference is that charter schools are relieved of some of the constraints imposed on conventional schools by public-sector unions, their financial interests, and the political interests built atop those financial interests.) In almost every case, the charter schools — including the worst of them — outperformed the conventional public schools operating in the same buildings, in the same neighborhoods, serving very similar students. In most cases, the share of charter-school students achieving proficiency or better on standardized tests was a multiple of the number of the conventional public-school students doing so; similarly, in most cases the number of conventional public-school students receiving the lowest classification on those same tests was some multiple of the number of charter-school students doing so. Sowell lets the data speak for themselves, reporting the high and low English and math figures for each of his comparison sets.
For the charter schools, the data are a litany of triumph, and for the conventional public schools, they are a lamentation….
Williamson concludes his review on a bitter if realistic note: “Our political culture is sick, and many of our institutions are corrupt. Many of them would not be capable of acting on what they could learn from Charter Schools and Their Enemies even if they were so inclined, which they aren’t. Thomas Sowell is a national treasure in a nation that does not entirely deserve him.”