Charter schools seem like a great solution because of stories like this one, but they seem at best like a great temporary solution. In the long term, privatizing education seems like a horrible idea of dystopia-like proportions. It seems like we should use charter schools for their innovative ideas and new approaches to education, but adopting them as a permanent solution seems like a horrible situation waiting to happen.
The charter school movement – unfortunately, in my opinion – is not about completely privatizing schools. A story like this shows what happens when the same student population (remember they are attended using a randomized lottery and no one can be denied entry) goes to a school that is free from rigid regulations that govern public schools.
If every charter school were a charter school, it wouldn’t be complete privatization. All schools could only operate if approved by the local school board. Their charters are reviewed and possibly renewed every few years. They can’t deny students entry and can’t just take the best students. It basically is like being able to go to any school in the area, except those schools are owned by private organizations instead of local school boards. I don’t personally see where they goes down a road of dystopic proportions.
I do wonder if their goal is only to get into college rather than get the education that could get them into college (the same way people helped old people in high school for the “college résumé” rather than to help old people). but still, that’s a great story.
(by the way. the comments on this mobile site still don’t work.)