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Friday, June 3, 2011

Myths About Public Education

Friday's Washington Post had an interesting article about myths about public Education. Some highlights:

Five myths about America’s schools

By Paul Farhi, Published: May 20

The end of the school year and the layoffs of tens of thousands of teachers are bringing more attention to reformers’ calls to remake public schools. Today’s school reform movement conflates the motivations and agendas of politicians seeking reelection, religious figures looking to spread the faith and bureaucrats trying to save a dime. Despite an often earnest desire to help our nation’s children, reformers have spread some fundamental misunderstandings about public education.
1. Our schools are failing.

2. Unions defend bad teachers.

3. Billionaires know best.

4. Charter schools are the answer.

5. More effective teachers are the answer.

Paul Farhi is a reporter for The Washington Post.

Read the full article by clicking here.

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