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SCHOOLS ARE NOT BROKEN

Educational reformers, Mr. Trump, venture capitalists, business people, and for profit school people insist that the public schools are broken. What happens if all of them are wrong? What happens if all of them are wrong?

There is no denying that there are many things wrong with schools – teachers who are low paid, outdated resources (classrooms, text books, technology) and underfunded facilities. School models are still based on an agrarian model closing the schools to allow children to plant and harvest in the Spring, Fall and Summer. In the middle and high schools, we use a factory model passing children from subject to subject failing to acknowledge that subjects are interrelated.

Yet with all of the problems the reality is that today’s schools are producing the results they were designed to produce – low performing schools in minority communities in the inner cities.  Schools in the suburbs are still producing higher performing students.

I would be interested in your reaction. Feel free to share your opinions to me @ franklin@schargel.com.

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