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A Smarter Charter: Finding What Works for Charter Schools and Public Education Paperback – September 15, 2014
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Unfortunately, the author seems oblivious to the realities of public education in America - teacher unions and administrators are the #1 and #2 enemies of pupil achievement. Both continually demonstrate themselves far more interested in bettering themselves than pupils - starting with pay, benefits, protective union rules that forbid 'excessive' work (eg. more than 5 hours/day) and even a scintilla of accountability. Before writing this book he should have read Joel Klein's 'Lessons of Hope' (summary of his efforts to improve pupil achievement in New York City schools), Michelle Rhee's 'The Bee Eater' (summary of her efforts to improve pupil achievement in D.C. schools), 'On Equality of Education Opportunity' (summary of a massive research effort to determine 'what works' in education - turns out teacher-prized attributes such as seniority and courses completed are nearly worthless), Jay Greene's 'Education Myths' (summarizes what special interest groups want you to believe about education - and why it isn't so), etc., etc., etc. He also needs to think about why Asian students regularly triumph in international pupil achievement tests.Read more ›