Archie Mann | Chicago Reader

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Re: “Majority of CPS schools shuttered in 2013 are still vacant

IAC: "The way things work in life is that most businesses and organizations of a particular type don't succeed. But some do and over time people find out what works and what doesn't and whatever works ends up getting replicated."

As DBLBURGER pointed out, that's not a decent, humane, or even civilized way to treat education. Education should not be thought of as a business, because those profiting from it are going to cut corners in order to do so, and that will inevitably mean a lower-quality education than that already available in well-funded public schools. As DB also pointed out, there are many ways for people to profit from the charter school movement without the schools themselves being technically "for profit," and ordinary Chicagoans are suffering already from those ways.

And here's an important issue that you keep avoiding -- well-funded public schools work well, and those in blighted areas that are poorly funded don't. It's a very simple point that gets ignored by those who favor (and usually want to profit from) replacing public schools with charter schools. What many urban schools lack is not some preferrable culture or supposed lack of inherent ability or drive among their students' families and neighborhoods; they simply lack what many suburban schools have much more of -- money. Charter schools should not be given a chance in order to find out "what works and what doesn't." We already know what works, and works very well -- well-funded public schools. Instead of replacing failing public schools with charter schools, we should fund them more equitably.

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Posted by Archie Mann on 09/08/2016 at 12:40 PM

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