When “bad” schools close
I can’t find the link, but I was just reading today about a couple schools out East somewhere (Maine maybe?) A quick search of the Internet revealed a ton of links to schools closing and people protesting.
In this case, the school was severely underperforming and had a very low graduation rate. Similar to what we see in Chicago in many high schools. The state decided to close the school and re-open with teachers having to interview. So in theory, they’re saying “something isn’t working and we have to start fresh.” Same plan as in Chicago in a few schools.
So in this school, the entire community is mad as hell and protesting the re-inventing process. They say the teachers were wonderful and caring and inspiring. It sounds like they were. Yet the kids are all reading at levels WAY below state standards and generally don’t seem to be ready to enter the world after high school.
Why do people want to keep their underperforming schools as is? Am I nuts to place a value on academics and not just nicey-nicey behavior?
A similar thing supposedly happened at Prescott. The principal took a “no-nonsense” approach to shaping up the school, which drew ire from the teachers and families who’d been around for a while and loved their school despite underperformance. I loved the quote from someone in a story about Prescott who said something like “the tragedy isn’t what is happening NOW, it’s that the school was allowed to operate so long with poor performance!”
Why is it that more families aren’t outraged about the low test scores, etc in these schools, but are outraged when they’re shut down or changed significantly?
I mean I “get it”, but then I also don’t get it.
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