I was pondering the hot new documentary blaming teachers for charter school lotteries with a fellow Thinking Parent (Lynne) the other day. Not necessarily for-profits, just all charters and the desperate lifeline they represent in a rigged system and why that should be so, and who the real villains are, what the real solutions might be.
Then today I’ve been talking with another fellow Thinking Parent (Daryl) about the odd results of GOP mayors and governors seeming to be against the public in fact but all in the name of public service! See Chris Christie, Rick Scott, Rudy Giuliani, for example. See also how universities and even community colleges are being forced into more private funding as for-profits get more and more from the “public.”
Then along comes a story that both fits right in and warps the narrative further out of whack:
From Education Week:Swedish For-Profit Chain to Run NYC Charter School
“We’re making this as close to what’s happening in Sweden as is possible,” Ms. Hoey said.
The collaboration highlights the challenges in bringing such an education model to the United States. For example, while federal education law requires schools to report academic-achievement data based on a student’s poverty, race, and ethnicity, Sweden does not allow schools to disaggregate data for ethnicity or race. Instead, Swedish schools report achievement based on whether the student is a first- or second-generation immigrant and by the education level of his or her parents.
Importing education models is not unusual. Several popular curricular approaches, such as Singapore Math and the International Baccalaureate program, are imports, but whole schools built on other countries’ models traditionally have been associated with an embassy or a large immigrant or expatriate community.
That’s changing, according to Sir Michael Barber, the head of McKinsey & Co.’s global education practice and the founder of the Education Delivery Institute in Washington, which advises governments on education reform implementation.