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Old 09-28-2013, 06:02 PM
 
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Old 09-28-2013, 06:31 PM
 
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Interesting and compelling article from Patrick Welsh, who has taught English at TC Williams since 1970.

I have family members who spent decades teaching in community colleges, and those too were infected by the educationist baloney factory, with its buzzword of the week promulgated by some tool of an administrator with no teaching experience.

Is TC Williams still just 11th and 12th grades?
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Old 09-29-2013, 11:35 PM
 
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Further proof that we need school choice for every child. Children should not have to be stuck in public schools that constantly run through these absurd fads.
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Old 09-30-2013, 04:58 AM
 
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So we replace failing schools with fly by night private schools?
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Old 09-30-2013, 06:42 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Private schools are just as likely to follow "absurd fads" as you call them.
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Old 09-30-2013, 06:47 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Is TC Williams still just 11th and 12th grades?
TC Williams is 9-12.

The Minnie Howard Campus is 9th grade only. The King Street Campus is 10-12.
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Old 09-30-2013, 01:34 PM
 
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So we replace failing schools with fly by night private schools?
Are you saying that parents are too stupid to be allowed to chose the right school for their child and will pick a 'fly by night' private school? Why would they do that?

If we had competition in schools, like we do in everything else, maybe we wouldn't have failing schools. They would either improve, or go out of business. Isn't that it works for everything else? Improve, or go out of business. But with a government monopoly, that's not possible.
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Old 09-30-2013, 01:35 PM
 
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Private schools are just as likely to follow "absurd fads" as you call them.
And parents would have the choice to not use those schools who adopted 'absurd fads'.
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Old 09-30-2013, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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It's not a government monopoly. There are zillions of private schools, religious schools, boarding schools, international schools, charter schools, home schooling options, co-ops, unschooling, transfers within the public schools...parents have plenty of choices if they don't like the way public schools are run.

I'm sorry you don't feel like the options given to you are good enough, but no one is forcing anyone to send their children to the closest public school.
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Old 09-30-2013, 02:45 PM
 
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It's not a government monopoly. There are zillions of private schools, religious schools, boarding schools, international schools, charter schools, home schooling options, co-ops, unschooling, transfers within the public schools...parents have plenty of choices if they don't like the way public schools are run.

I'm sorry you don't feel like the options given to you are good enough, but no one is forcing anyone to send their children to the closest public school.
Right, they just need money and transportation for those private schools; free time to home school, unschool, or co-op; the ability to move somewhere other than Virginia for charters, since they are virtually non-existent here; and a desirable school that has room, and transportation to get their child there, to be able to transfer within the public schools. Low-income parents have all of those resources and are simply choosing to keep their children in failing schools.
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