Let’s get one thing straight – teachers are NOT the problem. That doesn’t mean that there are no poor quality teachers out there – of course there are, just like there are poor quality plumbers, accountants, customer service reps and anyone who holds down a job. The problem is the system, the approach, the method.
Charter schools often do a better job with traditional education because they can adapt the approach/method. They can be more attentive and make some of their own school rules, like demanding respect, courtesy, etc. Imagine that “regular’ public schools have issues with these that they can’t do anything (or enough) about!
We hear from critics that charter schools are all good, that some are no better, or even worse, than regular public schools… yet, YET… parents would still prefer for their children to go to that charter school. Doesn’t this say something significant? The reason is that at least charter schools pay attention to “character” issues and they tend to be safer.
BUT, if our only solution to public/traditional education is to create charter schools then we’re not going far enough. We need fundamental change and innovation of the system – not gentle tweaking. Of course, if charter schools with a “radically new and effective” approach emerge and become the schools of choice, maybe we’ll bring about fundamental change that way.
One thing we don’t want to see is fewer charter schools. Let parents decide – isn’t that what “freedom” requires? We know that the government can’t figure this out and that “one size fits all education” is not going to work. Let parents decide what’s best for their children – they ARE their children after all.