Oakland charter school for poor kids a spectacular success teaching hard work, discipline, capitalism

posted at 5:27 pm on May 30, 2009 by Allahpundit

Via Ace, the L.A. Times explains why everything you thought you knew about education is wrong absolutely correct.

Seriously, this must be one of the top five reddest red-meat items we’ve ever posted.

Not many schools in California recruit teachers with language like this: “We are looking for hard working people who believe in free market capitalism. . . . Multi-cultural specialists, ultra liberal zealots, and college-tainted oppression liberators need not apply.”…

School administrators take pride in their record of frequently firing teachers they consider to be underperforming. Unions are embraced with the same warmth accorded “self-esteem experts, panhandlers, drug dealers and those snapping turtles who refuse to put forth their best effort,” to quote the school’s website…

Among the thousands of public schools in California, only four middle schools and three high schools score higher. None of them serve mostly underprivileged children.

At American Indian, the largest ethnic group is Asian, followed by Latinos and African Americans. Some of the schools’ critics contend that high-scoring Asian Americans are driving the high test scores, but blacks and Latinos do roughly as well — in fact, better on some tests…

The short answer is that American Indian attracts academically motivated students, relentlessly (and unapologetically) teaches to the test, wrings more seat time out of every school day, hires smart young teachers, demands near-perfect attendance, piles on the homework, refuses to promote struggling students to the next grade, and keeps discipline so tight that there are no distractions or disruptions. Summer school is required.

Follow the link for a compulsively readable report on their methods, replete with the principal disciplining a student for stealing by shaving his head in front of the student body. It’s unclear how many kids are naturally gifted versus how many are being turned into academic powerhouses by the school’s approach, but given how stratospheric their scores are, they’d have to be enrolling the creme de la creme of brainy Californians to be coasting on talent alone. Obama is, of course, a lost cause when it comes to national reform along these lines — if he’s so subservient to unions that he’d kill the D.C. vouchers program, imagine his reaction to demanding rigorous performance standards for teachers — but why the GOP isn’t all over this, I have no idea. Not only would it give them traction on a key domestic issue, the fact that the school’s run by and for minorities would give them a shot of credibility with black and Latino voters. How about it, boys?


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Seriously though this is great. And there is no reason to see it as a victory for conservatism. Liberals believe in capitalism and hard work as well.

crr6 on May 30, 2009 at 5:33 PM

Only at election time.

ddrintn on May 30, 2009 at 7:43 PM

Okay. I need to step away from the keyboard for awhile until I can write a coherent sentence. Let’s try again!:

I like the Northeastern prep school model (or did, until they began to embrace political-correctness). They do a great job of balancing rigorous academics with extra-curricular activities – but of course very few people can get in to those schools, never mind afford the tuition.

Buy Danish on May 30, 2009 at 7:43 PM

Meh — my junior high beat ‘em.

(And, yes, that was mean jocularly, given that my former junior high has a much, much lower poverty rate.)

calbear on May 30, 2009 at 7:44 PM

I like the Northeastern prep school model (or did, until they began to embrace political-correctness). They do a great job of balancing rigorous academics with extra-curricular activities – but of course very few people can get in to those schools, never mind afford the tuition.

Buy Danish on May 30, 2009 at 7:43 PM

That makes much more sense.

myrenovations on May 30, 2009 at 7:46 PM

Awesome.

Seriously, GOP. The campaign ads write themselves.

Hawkins1701 on May 30, 2009 at 7:48 PM

Seriously though this is great. And there is no reason to see it as a victory for conservatism. Liberals believe in capitalism and hard work as well.

crr6 on May 30, 2009 at 5:33 PM

Another thing is, anything that shows the NEA to be the lousy, ineffectual (at best) cash cow for the Democrat party that it is is a victory for conservatism.

ddrintn on May 30, 2009 at 7:52 PM

I was just reading this over at Instapundit.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-college-clout-31-may31,0,989089,full.story

And the one thing that really bothers me is that politicians could be pushing to have some real squirrels admitted into well respected schools. How do we know that the corrupt or incompetent idiots in charge of all these failing companies requiring bailouts aren’t the rich form of affirmative action.

Cindy Munford on May 30, 2009 at 7:56 PM

marybel on May 30, 2009 at 7:41 PM

I have a co-worker who does it and she is involved with a large network. I just donated some old encyclopedias and art supplies to their group. I don’t know what they will do with the outdated books but they will come up with something.

Cindy Munford on May 30, 2009 at 8:00 PM

but why the GOP isn’t all over this, I have no idea.

Oh, we all know why. They’re too busy formulating strategies to become Demo Lite.

ddrintn on May 30, 2009 at 8:02 PM

marybel on May 30, 2009 at 6:53 PM
I think it’s a giant leap of illogic to automatically assume these American kids are in any way akin to little South Korean automatons with no life outside their studies. I betcha a milkshake that many of these students are well adjusted, happy kids who have great self esteem because they know that their hard work produces positive results. I even bet they enjoy their summer vacations.

Did you read the L.A. Times story or the little bit that Allah cited? My conclusions are not a “leap of logic”, they are based on details from the story.

Indeed, I can just as easily assert that ‘it is a huge leap of logic’ to suggest it requires going to a quasi-boot camp in order to gain “self-esteem” and a “sense of accomplishment” – as if there are no other alternatives. But, hey, if that’s what you want to choose for your kids, fine. I just don’t want this to be a mandatory model for the future.

They do get ample time off. Struggle?
What evidence do you have?
Top Universities in America are flooded with Korean students. And they dominate in math, engineering and hard-science.
artist on May 30, 2009 at 7:01 PM

I provided a link with evidence. And yes, they dominate in those disciplines, but they are mediocre at everything else. Moreover, if the Asian model is so great, why do so many of them want to go to American universities?

That makes much more sense.
myrenovations on May 30, 2009 at 7:46 PM

Don’t I know it!

Gotta run out… I’ll check back later…

Buy Danish on May 30, 2009 at 8:05 PM

Moreover, if the Asian model is so great, why do so many of them want to go to American universities?

Buy Danish on May 30, 2009 at 8:05 PM

I’d say it’s mainly because Asian universities are insanely competitive.

ddrintn on May 30, 2009 at 8:08 PM

So, basically, they are just doing what schools did before 1970

flyoverland on May 30, 2009 at 8:10 PM

^ Imagine that the only universities in this country were Harvard and Yale.

ddrintn on May 30, 2009 at 8:10 PM

I’d say it’s mainly because Asian universities are insanely competitive.

No. It’s not that. You think a random Asian person has an easier shot at getting into Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Berkeley, Caltech, or MIT than they do at their home university? They don’t. And, yes, you can say part of it is about opportunity and connections, but that’s not all of it either. The fact is that the best Western universities generally rate higher than the best Eastern universities by any measure. Are they perfect? No. Do they sometimes teach liberal dogma? Yes. Are Asian schools closing the gap? You bet. But American universities are not the “safety schools” of Asian students. They’re the schools the best Asian students go to.

calbear on May 30, 2009 at 8:18 PM

John Stossel did a story on this school (interviewed Ben Chavis) for his ABC 20 / 20 special “Stupid In America”.

I recall that his school does not employ any janitors or cafeteria workers. Students set up for everything, saving the school tons of money.

Mad Kimchi on May 30, 2009 at 8:20 PM

Except math, engineering, and hard sciences are where future growth in the job market will be. No one gives a crap about yet another history/political science/classics major who will be unemployed or an attorney.

Tabris on May 30, 2009 at 8:20 PM

It is the antitheses of the American way, with our focus on the individual, on liberty, and so on.

Buy Danish on May 30, 2009 at 7:03 PM

Now remind me…whose nation is rife with corrupt unions, grade inflation, ‘graduating’ semi- or even illiterate students, and has teachers in ‘rubber rooms;

‘Individuality’ and ‘liberty’ have become codewords for throwing our nation’s moral compass out with the trash and teaching students to behave like animals in heat, among other things. Our education system is the butt of jokes worldwide, with disastrous consequences for all. If this is the ‘American way’ then I say toss it overboard.

Dark-Star on May 30, 2009 at 8:26 PM

Top Universities in America are flooded with Korean students. And they dominate in math, engineering and hard-science.

Koreans are disproportionately represented given their numbers in the U.S. and the world, but “dominate”? I doubt their numbers make up the double percentages. Pretty good considering they make up 1.2% of the world’s population, 3/10 of which is imprisoned in the hermit kingdom, but I’ve never seen an academic discipline in which Koreans dominate, and I’ve gone to schools with among the high percentage of Asian students.

calbear on May 30, 2009 at 8:27 PM

No. It’s not that. You think a random Asian person has an easier shot at getting into Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Berkeley, Caltech, or MIT than they do at their home university? They don’t.

calbear on May 30, 2009 at 8:18 PM

Maybe, maybe not; but it’s a lot easier for a bright Korean student to get into, say, Oklahoma State University than to get into Korea University or the University of Seoul.

ddrintn on May 30, 2009 at 8:28 PM

I would love to teach at a school with this philosophy. The school that I teach at decided three years ago to take a stronger stance with disruptive behavior, absenteeism, and being late to class. For example, if a student accumulate six tardies then the student was suspended and not allowed back to school until the parent came to school for a conference with the principal. As a result, we saw a dramatic decrease in problem behaviors. Unfortunately, a new administrative team took over this past school year and did not agree with this approach. Needless to say, all of the problem behaviors came back with a vengeance. I had one student this year with 38 tardies which is more than I had from all of my students the previous year.

dawgyear on May 30, 2009 at 8:31 PM

See, one of the features of the American education system that attracts foreigners isn’t simply the “elitism” of only the top universities. It’s the concepts of “scope” and “opportunity”, which of course have become marred into the feeling that outcomes must be as much the same as possible.

ddrintn on May 30, 2009 at 8:33 PM

The liberals will do their very best to try and shut this school down.

WisCon on May 30, 2009 at 8:34 PM

The liberals will do their very best to try and shut this school down.

WisCon on May 30, 2009 at 8:34 PM

Of course they will. The NEA cannot abide competition, and the Democrats do not want to do without the NEA.

ddrintn on May 30, 2009 at 8:37 PM

Test strategies are not bad. I thinking teaching to the test is feared by teachers who doubt they have been trained correctly. But if you think about it a knowing what is expected on the test and preparing for it is a good way to approach many deadlines and other life realities. You learn to ask what is expected and how can I meet that expectation. I wish there wasn’t so much aversion to teaching the test.

It also exposes less talented teachers who got into teaching to indoctrinate rather than teach.

petunia on May 30, 2009 at 8:42 PM

Buy Danish

If you take out math, science, medicine, and other related fields (this may include law, engineering and business), what else is left for Asians to struggle with? Arts and English lit? Well, some Asian Americans have trouble with English, that’s true. But Asians do excel at music and dance. They’re just not as visible in the United Sates.

I find it hard to believe that Asian students “struggle” once in college. Some of them are extra paranoid about good grades (YES, I know this as an Asian) and a few switch majors on a whim, but I never noticed any signifcant trend that we’re having trouble at collegiate level as a group.

Asian American students tend to get better grades here since their parents carry over the emphasis on academics from their homeland to the states. Indeed, many of them come to CA for the prestigious UC system. Studying in South Korea can be insanely difficult. I’m no fan of the “Asian model” because it can be hell. Of course, applying even a modicum of that HERE would improve things. If anyone likes pointless busy works and worksheets in class without the teacher doing much, then the American education system is for them.

Mad Kimchi on May 30, 2009 at 8:53 PM

Can we send Obama to that school for some remedial capitalism training?

Daggett on May 30, 2009 at 8:54 PM

Liberals believe in capitalism and hard work as well.

crr6 on May 30, 2009 at 5:33 PM

When was the last time you heard of a Marxist conservative?

Daggett on May 30, 2009 at 8:56 PM

I hope they only teach true creation science and none of this evolution or geology crap.

Seven Seas on May 30, 2009 at 9:12 PM

Seven Seas on May 30, 2009 at 9:12 PM

I bet you just started a “fight”.

Cindy Munford on May 30, 2009 at 9:13 PM

calbear on May 30, 2009 at 8:18 PM

I don’t know about elsewhere, but Japanese Universities are known (by the Japanese themselves) for being ridiculously hard to get into, but of mediocre quality (“only a genius can get in, but any monkey can graduate”).

Count to 10 on May 30, 2009 at 9:16 PM

When was the last time you heard of a Marxist conservative?

Daggett on May 30, 2009 at 8:56 PM

In the 1990′s, the “conservatives” in Russia were the Marxists. Its all a matter of what you are conserving.

Count to 10 on May 30, 2009 at 9:17 PM

Calbear

I don’t know if Koreans Americans “dominate” any academic discipline, but I’ll say that they have a sizeable presence in the science and mathematical field. My sister graduated from USC with a degree in pharmacy, and somewhere around 2/3 of the graduating class were Asians, of which maybe 6 or 8 of them were Koreans. They nearly outnumbered their Latino counterparts, a statement in itself, considering their gorwing population in So. Cal.

Whether they actually contribute meaningfully to those discipline after graduating can be another debate.

Mad Kimchi on May 30, 2009 at 9:20 PM

In the 1990’s, the “conservatives” in Russia were the Marxists. Its all a matter of what you are conserving.

Count to 10 on May 30, 2009 at 9:17 PM

Okay, let me be more specific, then.

When was the last time you saw an American Marxist Conservative?

Daggett on May 30, 2009 at 9:22 PM

In the 1990’s, the “conservatives” in Russia were the Marxists. Its all a matter of what you are conserving.

Count to 10 on May 30, 2009 at 9:17 PM

thats our media, making the bad guys to always be ‘conservative’ no matter what their ideology…just like nazis are ‘right wingers’ (when they’re socialists)

right4life on May 30, 2009 at 9:30 PM

Moreover, if the Asian model is so great, why do so many of them want to go to American universities?
Buy Danish on May 30, 2009 at 8:05 PM

Because of pride and status (far more important in many countries than in the ‘west’). Because it is an easy way to go abroad. Because it improves their career prospects. Because it is a good way to escape from the parents for a while. Because any Western university of any significance has a team of recruiters in Asia and Africa hard-selling their university to prospective students and their fee paying parents.

Mostly however it is because of prejudice and ignorance on the part of employers and a desire to get rich on the part of students and/or their parents.

In their ignorance, employers and other people have often presumed that anybody who has an overseas qualification is superior to the locally-educated candidate. A person who graduates overseas, even from a rubbish institution, can likely get a better job and salary on returning to their own country, even if they actually learned nothing.

In my experience most overseas students have no idea whether they are going to a good foreign university programme or a bad one; they fret about it for a while, and go anyway for the reasons I mentioned.

I have never met anybody who took the ‘academic model’ into account.

YiZhangZhe on May 30, 2009 at 9:35 PM

If I went there, I’d never complain about school again…

Emily M. on May 30, 2009 at 9:48 PM

The school that I teach at decided three years ago to take a stronger stance with disruptive behavior…we saw a dramatic decrease… Unfortunately, a new administrative team did not agree with this approach, [and] all of the problem behaviors came back with a vengeance.

dawgyear on May 30, 2009 at 8:31 PM

It doesn’t take a rocket science to see the obvious. Why can’t these school administrators? It’s so frustrating. They’re not doing these kids any favors. Typical liberal non-thinking, and the end result is multiple generations of non-functioning people.

Kensington on May 30, 2009 at 10:08 PM

It doesn’t take a rocket science to see the obvious. Why can’t these school administrators? It’s so frustrating. They’re not doing these kids any favors. Typical liberal non-thinking, and the end result is multiple generations of non-functioning people.

Kensington on May 30, 2009 at 10:08 PM

They are not in the education business they are in the idea biz…

sven10077 on May 30, 2009 at 10:09 PM

Okay, let me be more specific, then.

When was the last time you saw an American Marxist Conservative?

Daggett on May 30, 2009 at 9:22 PM

Contradiction in terms. I remember that Soviet hard-liners were always called “conservatives” by our media, when they should have been called “ultra-leftists”. Why they were called “conservatives” instead is obvious.

ddrintn on May 30, 2009 at 10:38 PM

Seriously though this is great. And there is no reason to see it as a victory for conservatism. Liberals believe in capitalism and hard work as well.

crr6 on May 30, 2009 at 5:33 PM

OMG, step back Hot Air folks, lightning is going to hit this thread.

OH, liberals believe in Conservatives doing hard work, playing their taxes and liberals taking it back? Ah, I got it. Lightning alert over.

hawkdriver on May 30, 2009 at 10:39 PM

When you’re allowed to pick out the weeds, the garden will look great.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 30, 2009 at 10:57 PM

When you’re allowed to pick out the weeds, the garden will look great.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 30, 2009 at 10:57 PM

we should follow the German model….act out and score poorly at school you get a trade picked for you when you’re 12…

sven10077 on May 30, 2009 at 11:25 PM

Contradiction in terms.

ddrintn on May 30, 2009 at 10:38 PM

That was my point. Yet you can have capitalist/free-market liberals? How does that work, exactly? They’re socially liberal, but fiscally conservative?

Daggett on May 30, 2009 at 11:47 PM

One of the GOP’s biggest failings is that it hasn’t been able to sell the public on vouchers or TTC. It should be no harder than trying to interest a starving man in a medium rare rib-eye.

whitetop on May 30, 2009 at 11:56 PM

One of the GOP’s biggest failings is that it hasn’t been able to sell the public on vouchers or TTC. It should be no harder than trying to interest a starving man in a medium rare rib-eye.

whitetop on May 30, 2009 at 11:56 PM

the teacher’s unions, PAC rats, and newsies have formed as unholy alliance as the alleged Military Indutrial complex ever was and its main stock in trade is teachers as martyrs…

sven10077 on May 30, 2009 at 11:59 PM

…whose nation is rife with corrupt unions, grade inflation, ‘graduating’ semi- or even illiterate students, and has teachers in ‘rubber rooms;
‘Individuality’ and ‘liberty’ have become codewords for throwing our nation’s moral compass out with the trash…
Dark-Star on May 30, 2009 at 8:26 PM

Rubber rooms? Are you contending that this is a widespread phenomena? Our education has declined because the Left has taken over education. But I really find it kind of shocking that you are so discouraged that you scorn liberty as something which turns children into “animals in heat”.

And I’m disturbed that so many of you are enthralled by the concept of this “Indian School” (which is supposed to be so politically incorrect yet has an ethnic identity). You are eager to put children through a severe regimen, but I doubt most of you ever endured anything nearly this rigid.

The fact is that the Left does not emphasize the individual or liberty – on the contrary they are totalitarians who emphasize the collective, an authoritarian view where everyone has to conform to a set of Statist ideas for the “greater good”. Claiming to promote “self-esteem” is an entirely different matter.

Mad Kimchi on May 30, 2009 at 8:53 PM

I’ve already distinguished between Asian-Americans whose culture helps them excel in this country, and Asians who have to endure the Asian education system.

American education has declined since the sixties, but if was darn good before the Left took over and can be great again. I don’t see why we have to emulate other countries whose cultures are entirely different from our own. Up until now, this country has been the greatest nation ever, and that is not because we have been a nation of crammers with no “games” in P.E. and mandatory summer school.

Because it is an easy way to go abroad…Because it is a good way to escape from the parents for a while…
YiZhangZhe on May 30, 2009 at 9:35 PM

So we should emulate a system everyone can’t wait to escape from?

Buy Danish on May 31, 2009 at 12:06 AM

Koreans are known for committing suicide if they don’t get into the prestigious universities, correct?

As for the U.S. system, I can only look forward to the day when the Teachers’ Unions lose their grip on “education.” Dare to dream!

In the meantime, I was a product of a private/Christian school system, and even though my wife wasn’t, she’s on board with the private system if we have kids someday. For that I’m thankful.

Tak_Bulgogi on May 31, 2009 at 12:13 AM

Not only would it give them traction on a key domestic issue, the fact that the school’s run by and for minorities would give them a shot of credibility with black and Latino voters. How about it, boys?

Salaams to this.

Seriously though this is great. And there is no reason to see it as a victory for conservatism. Liberals believe in capitalism and hard work as well.

crr6 on May 30, 2009 at 5:33 PM

You hilarious douchebag. The entire public school system, from pre-school to graduate school, is run and staffed by liberal Democrats. Belief in “Capitalism and hard work” is non-existant in those schools, along with education testing achievement that beats third-world schools.

Once again, to be a liberal is to live in denial of reality.

Jaibones on May 31, 2009 at 12:23 AM

This is a major issue… The reps need to stand behind vouchers. All factions of the party prosper from this. It helps the religious people see that their children get the kind of education they want, it sees that people that would otherwise be happy with the public system get a superior version of the same, and it helps the small government people reducing the power of the teacher’s unions.

Everyone wins but the democrats… these are the sorts of issue the reps should focus on.

Karmashock on May 31, 2009 at 12:33 AM

Woah!

I had to reboot the computer to doublecheck this one.

And, the kids are HAPPY. Imagine that?

Seriously though this is great. And there is no reason to see it as a victory for conservatism. Liberals believe in capitalism and hard work as well.

crr6 on May 30, 2009 at 5:33 PM

No they don’t.

Sapwolf on May 31, 2009 at 12:34 AM

WTF?

Who let these maggots off the plantation?

Get their butts back and in shackles NOW!!!!!

Sapwolf on May 31, 2009 at 12:37 AM

I’ll bet for P.E. they play dodgeball. First kid out gets expelled.

Where do I sign up my boy?

Oh, wait, he’s not hispanic enough, and he’ll burn first before he browns in the sun.

Nevermind.

Sapwolf on May 31, 2009 at 12:40 AM

No they don’t.

Sapwolf on May 31, 2009 at 12:34 AM

Awwwwww. I know it complicates your black-and white worldview sweetie. But they do. Don’t worry though, if it makes your brain hurt to hear that it’s ok. Your simple, hyper-partisan mind will eventually resolve any conflict and you’ll be back to your simple dream-world in no time.

crr6 on May 31, 2009 at 12:43 AM

Awwwwww. I know it complicates your black-and white worldview sweetie. But they do. Don’t worry though, if it makes your brain hurt to hear that it’s ok. Your simple, hyper-partisan mind will eventually resolve any conflict and you’ll be back to your simple dream-world in no time.

crr6 on May 31, 2009 at 12:43 AM

CCCP6 I know you have a hard time shutting your feigned moral relativism button off but there is nothing of the NEA/DNC agenda that favors achievement in education as related to true academic success or any love of capitalism comrade…

that is all

sven10077 on May 31, 2009 at 12:51 AM

I’ll bet for P.E. they play dodgeball.
Sapwolf on May 31, 2009 at 12:40 AM

Nope. No games.

Buy Danish on May 31, 2009 at 12:55 AM

No they don’t.

Sapwolf on May 31, 2009 at 12:34 AM
Awwwwww. I know it complicates your black-and white worldview sweetie. But they do. Don’t worry though, if it makes your brain hurt to hear that it’s ok. Your simple, hyper-partisan mind will eventually resolve any conflict and you’ll be back to your simple dream-world in no time.

crr6 on May 31, 2009 at 12:43 AM

Sorry crr6,

I’m from CA. The libs I know in fact have beliefs that ARE in conflict with capitalism from varying degrees of governement control and/or ownership.

Ask them any question on economics or politics related to capitalism on one extreme and socialism on the other, and they always come down on the socialist side.

If fact, due to the large number of libs in CA, this is the primary driver in their current problems of high taxation, high government spending, high government regulation, the desire to have it all but free.

Once you explain it to them, they simply cannot get themselves up for being all that excited about capitalism, but they are excited about the federal government taking over healthcare.

Libs who believe in capitalism really are not liberals in the modern use of the word when it comes to economic issues.

Another thing I’ve noticed amongst younger people such as my nephew and nieces is how ignorant they are of economics.

Sapwolf on May 31, 2009 at 12:59 AM

Another thing I’ve noticed amongst younger people such as my nephew and nieces is how ignorant they are of economics.

Sapwolf on May 31, 2009 at 12:59 AM

by design…

sven10077 on May 31, 2009 at 1:01 AM

by design…

sven10077 on May 31, 2009 at 1:01 AM

yep. that’s just the way they want it.

homesickamerican on May 31, 2009 at 1:10 AM

The entire public school system, from pre-school to graduate school, is run and staffed by liberal Democrats.

For the most part, yes. There are a few of us CA conservative teachers struggling out here.

I did have a pleasant moment of indoctrination last week, when a student asked me if landfill pollution was going to destroy the Earth (aka create a crack in the surface that would make the planet explode). “That’s what my mom said,” she told me.

salmonczar on May 31, 2009 at 1:28 AM

Great. Now if we can just set up single-sex schools…

Really, all I remember of middle school is the hormone-laced kids doing their best to make vulgar jokes and flirt with the opposite sex. Or maybe that was just me? I sure can’t remember much in the way of academics.

Better to be cruel to the kids at that age than to let them grow up thinking they can succeed if only they dream big or something, only to have reality come crashing down on them sooner or later.

cackcon on May 31, 2009 at 4:00 AM

“but why the GOP isn’t all over this, I have no idea. ”
Here is a reason, they are trying to be perfect little moderate fence sitters. Meaning taking a stand for childrens education takes a back seat to trying not to confront BHO on any issue no matter its importance.

mpgrunt787 on May 31, 2009 at 7:27 AM

Love this bit:

There are no televisions at American Indian — no computers in the classrooms, either — so there was no way for students to watch the inauguration. But Roberts wants to be clear: They wouldn’t have been allowed to watch it anyway.

“It’s not part of our curriculum,” she said.

Quisp on May 31, 2009 at 7:48 AM

Some of the schools’ critics contend that high-scoring Asian Americans are driving the high test scores

Yeah, but don’t you call liberals racist or anything.

amkun on May 31, 2009 at 9:20 AM

I get THOs just thinking about working at/attending a school like this…

bluelightbrigade on May 31, 2009 at 9:21 AM

The Republicans are asleep at the wheel. Democrats jump on every little assumed “Raciest” action when Republicans are in power but for some reason Republicans refuse to fight the same way. I think at times the Republicans are in like the little kid in school, he KNOWS the bully can beat him up so he doesn’t attempt to defend himself. I keep waiting for the day they wake up and start punching the Democrats in the nose too get their attention.

old war horse on May 31, 2009 at 9:35 AM

Back about 25 years ago a friend of mine in CA worked in a district in OC where they were undergoing huge change. They were incorporating magnet schools. It was the educational fad of the decade.
Her school was a “basics” school”. Just taught the basics. It was an elementary school. It was relatively rigorous as the Oakland school is. Their school had a huge waiting list. It beat out the Talented and Gifted magnet school hands down. They tried to replecate it because of the huge enrollment demands, but it fell by the wayside. They couldn’t staff it with “believers”. The principal was the key and they didn’t find one. Too bad because the need is out there. Children and parents are clamoring for it.

BetseyRoss on May 31, 2009 at 9:42 AM

Seriously though this is great. And there is no reason to see it as a victory for conservatism. Liberals believe in capitalism and hard work as well.

crr6 on May 30, 2009 at 5:33 PM

OK, then the Democrats should be thrilled with schools like this one. We’ll see where they come down on the issue, all right? It’s actually pretty predictable…

ddrintn on May 31, 2009 at 10:17 AM

Liberals believe in capitalism and hard work as well.
crr6 on May 30, 2009 at 5:33 PM

Right….and Catholics believe in abortion and pre-marital sex too, lol.

xblade on June 1, 2009 at 2:15 PM

I read this article yesterday, LOVED IT. Someone’s finally got it right and *magically*, they’re graduating the majority of their students into 4 year universities. PAY ATTENTION WASHINGTON!!! (This means you Boxer, Feinstein, and Pelosi!)

Biffstir on June 1, 2009 at 4:20 PM

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