The only portion of the aforementioned article I found disturbing was the lack of addressing the color of the people running the school. Having been a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Namibia (South Africa during apartheid), I learned long ago that I can not bring my values, ideas and good intentions to a community, rather I need to support what the community wishes to do and do everything in my power to assist them.
Somewhere, somehow charter schools used great marketing to offer up something new in education. Without actual numbers, I would guess that between 80-95% of charter schools are run by a predominantly white staff and administration. Most likely 95% and above is the rate of all charter school organizations started by whites.
I believe the use of the word apartheid holds the same value in this situation as it did during the historical apartheid in S. Africa.
Apartheid (Afrikaans pronunciation: [ɐˈpɐrtɦəit], separateness) was a system of legal racial segregation enforced by the National Party government in South Africa between 1948 and 1994, under which the rights of the majority black inhabitants of South Africa were curtailed and minority rule by whites was maintained.
An official policy of racial segregation formerly practiced in the Republic of South Africa, involving political, legal, and economic discrimination against nonwhites. A policy or practice of separating or segregating groups. The condition of being separated from others; segregation.
If a school is run by whites, no matter how good, true, pure and wonderful their intentions and beliefs, something is lost. What comes to mind most readily to me is the lack of data to demonstrate charter schools promote more minority students to graduate from college. Since charter schools function best under the guise of spring testing and AYP, the lowest form of knowledge – multiple choice tests, is used to educate minority students to their ‘highest potential’. Multiple choice tests have never prepared anyone for higher education.
“While this study raises interesting issues, we must remain focused on our goal by supporting those schools that are delivering results and improving those that are not making the grade,” she said.Department of Education spokeswoman Hilary McLean