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Last edited by billy ross; 09-08-2012 at 09:28 AM.
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I have no problem with your kids - great work by you if they're doing well at their elite private school. I think it's a shame that your tax dollars were used for crap like lining Fattah Jr's pockets rather than provide a quality neighborhood school. I wish you didn't have to fork over big bucks for elite private school tuition. How do you think the CoP school system can turn it around? Will it have to wait for sweeping reform of public employee pension systems accross the country?
From the standpoint of what the fix is for public schools in Philly, everyone knows what it is, and it is being implemented presently. It is the change that has happened all over the world, and it has recast our economy. It involves breaking up or killing old-line, centralized bureaucratic operations and replacing them with nodal, highly responsive and adaptable, and thus highly efficient, operations. I think it's so revolutionary that it'll upturn the education model in the suburbs also, since that is a dated space age model - my friends in Lower Merion and in Moorestown have kids in all different locations, since they go to a different school location seemingly every two years, at least in Moorestown, whereas my kids have been at the same location since the oldest started way back when, and whey will be when the baby starts, too.
There's a reason home-schooled kids test better than kids educated in other models. Operating a school with the kind of individualization and responsiveness of homeschooling but in a school setting is the future as far as I'm concerned, and the changes happening for students in the city of Philadelphia are the future. I can't say for sure whether they'll be in public schools, private schools, or charter schools, but much like the lines between computers, phones, and tv's, I think the differences between those worlds will blur, so it'll increasingly become a distinction without a difference.
Last edited by billy ross; 09-11-2012 at 10:49 AM.
2) homeschooled kids test better because there's a 100% guarantee that the parent gives a crap (maybe even too much so), whereas that is not the case in other models.
For once I agree with you 100%. Parent buy-in is huge. That's why the new devolved model is so exciting to me. When a person gets worn down by the machine it is so depressing. And yes, we have a great deal of work to do yet in Philly. I am excited by the progress and the momentum, but the road ahead is long. There is still tremendous waste in this city, many efficiencies to be gained, and many assets waiting to be put to more productive uses. The trick is a better electorate that won't tolerate the old nonsense, and there we're making great progress.
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