Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Charter School in Harlem - #3260 - VIDEO: Learn about a Successful Charter School in Harlem from Stephen Brill, author of 'Class Warfare' Interviewed by Greta Van Susteren - Fox News (2) Super Teachers Alone Can't Save Our Schools - Wall Street Journal

Learn about a Successful Charter School in Harlem from Stephen Brill, author of 'Class Warfare,' Interviewed by Greta Van Susteren. AW: Please watch, this is an incredible story, and they actually spend less per student than in regular public schools.  One of the main differences is the lack of union control over the teachers, teachers are rewarded based on merit and teaching skills, not whether they are breathing, as Stephen Brill discusses in this video.  

Super Teachers Alone Can't Save our Schools - Wall Street Journal - ........Mr. Levin would be the first to tell you that heroes aren't enough to turn around an American public school system whose continued failure has become the country's most pressing long-term economic and national security threat. Earlier this year, Mr. Levin gave me a tour of his spectacularly successful school in upper Manhattan. As we walked the halls of a building that KIPP shares with a conventional public school, he marveled at all that had happened in the 18 years since his friends and family wondered why a Yale grad like himself "would go teach in some ghetto school in Houston." Today, he said, "We've got all these wonderful schools in places like Harlem. We've got two movies taking up the cause. We've got Oprah, you name it." "So you must feel pretty good," I said. "Well, that's it, I don't," he replied."It's really sad and outrageous what's happening to the children on the other floors of this building," he added, referring to the public school that shares the building. "But we're failing a lot, every day, on this floor, too."  To make his point, he walked me into the back of one of his classrooms. It seemed to me like most other KIPP classrooms—full of focused, connected children with a magnetic teacher at the front of the room. But to Mr. Levin, there was a lot wrong with this picture.  When we left the room 20 minutes later, he rattled off four things that he had seen misfiring: an imperfect bulletin board, three students whose eyes were wandering, the teacher turning her back to face the blackboard, an incomplete reading log.  "Making all those things work is the job," he continued. "It's exhausting, and it's not exciting, but it's what you have to do."  Read more...........

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