Public school vs. charter school
Hey there! This post was written in 2007, so it may contain information that is no longer accurate or thoughts that no longer reflect how I feel. As human beings, we're constantly learning and bettering ourselves through experiences and interactions with the world and each other.
I keep posts like this around for historical purposes and to prevent link rot, so please keep this in mind as you're reading.
This is for all the people out there who are against the idea of charter schools (especially the ones who declare that they should all be shut down permanently). I know of countless parents who are grateful that their kids have had the opportunity to excel in these much-needed schools when the public schools didn't work out. The environment, the teaching styles…it all varies with each charter, and that variety is something that you can't find in your average public school.
Kids are diverse. They are not standardized machines. Each child should be given the opportunity to learn at his/her own pace at a school that understands that concept. Think about it. Just because your kid didn't study his multiplication table doesn't mean my kid should be held back from learning algebra.
When I was in elementary school they always told us to reach for the stars. Now we seem to be teaching our kids to wait for the dumb kids. You know what that creates? Boredom, bad performance, a despise for school, bad behavior…it's anti-Darwinian.
Keep the kids interested in what they're doing and encourage learning at their own pace–that's you how get them to enjoy education. Until the public schools can show me that they give a damn about my childrens' individual education and not just their stupid test scores, a charter school is the only way to go.