Sunday, June 5, 2011

Schools Matter: Alter's Solution: "Throw Up Your Hands" and Put Your Children in Exclusive Private Schools

Schools Matter: Alter's Solution: "Throw Up Your Hands" and Put Your Children in Exclusive Private Schools

Alter's Solution: "Throw Up Your Hands" and Put Your Children in Exclusive Private Schools

Alter lives in Montclair, but his kids attend(ed) the private Newark Academy. At least one was still enrolled this past year. So segregated corporate chain gang schools with white missionary temps are fine with Alter for the urban poor, but his kids, not so much (ht to Stan Karp):

Situated on a 68-acre wooded campus in suburban Livingston, Newark Academy's average class size: 13. Eighty percent of the faculty hold advanced degrees; 7 have earned doctorate degrees. On average, the faculty has 22 years of teaching experience. Eight outdoor athletic fields on site. Each year NA has three major drama productions, two dance concerts, and multiple performances in 12 choral and instrumental groups. Offers AP courses in 15 subjects. Upper School students are required to engage in cultural or environmental exploration. Currently, there are 10 programs for extended off-campus study in six states and four countries. Tuition is $28,775 plus another $1700 in fees plus transportation.

"A Newark Academy education represents an investment in your child’s future, and we recognize that choosing

Big Time Self-Plagiarism . . . Part 2

Three days ago I posted on the enthused response by KIPPians to a self-plagiarized re-issue of the same KIPP hallelujah piece that appeared in early 2010 from some of those "implicated" Gates scholars who are peddling their wares from Harvard. I want to take issue with Matt Yglesias on something he said in his reporting on the repeat piece for which he did not bother to notice that he had reported on last year:
The most scrutinized of these successful charter networks is the Knowledge Is Power Program and the latest research (PDF, via Adam Ozimek) once again shows substantial KIPP-linked gains for poor kids, especially the weakest students and special ed kids.
If Matt were to read this "latest research" on a single KIPP school in Lynn, MA, he would no doubt note that the

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