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This is a Huge, HUGE, Success worth crowing about. But don't bother turning up your hearing aids yet: High Scores at BASIS Charter Schools.

Its a little extensive, but well worth reading about this North Tuscon, Arizona, charter school system. Here's some of the highpoints.

BASIS Charter Schools

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Quote:While most U.S. schools struggled to reach even an average score on a key international exam for 15 year olds in 2012, BASIS Tucson North, an economically modest, ethnically diverse charter school in Arizona, outperformed every country in the world, including Shanghai, China's academic gem, says June Kronholz, a former Wall Street Journal foreign correspondent, bureau chief and education reporter.

Fifteen years after its founding by two economists, the BASIS network already roosts in the scholastic stratosphere.

-The Tucson charter school outscored all 40 countries that administered the 2012 PISA, or Programme for International Student Assessment exam, with a mean math score of 618 -- 131 points above the U.S. average. Its 10-year-old Scottsdale sister school scored even higher: 51 points above the metropolitan Shanghai area in math and 42 points higher in science.

-BASIS students take an average of 10 Advanced Placement (AP) exams each, and in 2013 earned an average score on them of 3.9 out of 5.

-Princeton, Dartmouth, Brown, Harvard and Williams all accepted at least one of the 54 students in the 2013 graduating class, some of them on full scholarships; Stanford accepted four.

BASIS schools are open admission and operate on a shoestring budget: the Arizona schools operate on about two-thirds of the average funding for a child in a traditional public school. Classes are large: up to 30 students in middle school. Technology is "akin to cuneiform tablets," says Scottsdale's head of school, Hadley Ruggles.

The BASIS curriculum and its hard-charging teachers go a long way toward explaining the schools' success. Fifth graders take Latin and can expect 90 minutes a day of homework. Middle schoolers have nine hours a week of biology, chemistry and physics. Algebra starts in 6th grade; AP calculus is a graduation requirement. The English curriculum separates literature and language, or critical thought; high schoolers take both. There are year-end comprehensives; fail even one and it means repeating the grade.

"We want to get as good as the best in the world," says Michael Block, the affable 71 year old who founded and heads the BASIS network. "Business holds itself to international standards. Why not schools?"
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Not all charter schools are so effective. Many fail and are shut down. Nonetheless, the gummint schools need competition.
Jefferson: I place economy among the first and important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our choice between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude. If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of caring for them, they will be happy.
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Not so much competition, as the gumption to adapt and change into something better than they are. If the BASIS curriculum can be adopted by other schools, perhaps they can all prosper.
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Progressives forced the Common Core education standards on America. Now Progressives quoted in the New York Times are opposing the school standards, and even New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) called the scheme flawed. Will Common Core make schools worse in America?



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One of the Left's REAL Common Cores is that what really matters is the 'intent', and not the 'result'. After all, they really care, and want you to know it.

But they also expect you to clean up after them, after all that hope and change has left everything lying broken on the floor.
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(02-21-2014, 12:55 PM)John L Wrote: One of the Left's REAL Common Cores is that what really matters is the 'intent', and not the 'result'. After all, they really care, and want you to know it.

But they also expect you to clean up after them, after all that hope and change has left everything lying broken on the floor.

Public schools are mandated and in place for the purpose of the advancement of teacher's unions, school administrations & pensions!

My mother went to public high school in NYC and I went to public High School in NYC. My mom went to the local HS, I went to The Bronx High School of Science. Still to this day I am jealous of my mom because she was taught Latin and was taught rudimentary Greek and the foundations of our common language that I still feel is lacking in my knowledge base. She was also taught vocational topics which I was not taught in school but I was taught in my home.

Public schools at one time were very good. Something happened. I think it was the bureaucracy and the Unions. At some point it was lost that the purpose was to provide a child with a basic set of knowledge and skills so that they could choose a path in the world and provide for themselves and their families. Thinking on these words it almost seems like I am reading back a folk story.
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Most schools allow a student to choose classes. If the school doesn't have what is needed, then one must do outside study.

The system is flawed, but the individual student can conquer it if allowed to.
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Rising inequality in society hamstrung the education system.
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(08-06-2014, 02:13 PM)Anonymous24 Wrote: Rising inequality in society hamstrung the education system.

History proves otherwise. There are countless examples of those in the lowest rungs of society who have lifted themselves up to become far more than what their birth level predicted. Those like Justice Clarence Thomas or Dr. Ben Carson are examples of minority success stories, born without privilege who uplifted themselves on their own. There are some, who get through with government assistance, who rise to a level dictated by the Peter Principal.

The educational system was shoved off the track in the era of John Dewey, who was a brilliant man, limited by a lack of historical proof that the pragmatism he espoused would not work. He purposefully designed the United States educational system to set the stage for the theories of Marx and Engles.
Dewey Wrote:Education, therefore, must begin with a psychological insight into the child’s capacities, interests, and habits. It must be controlled at every point by reference to these same considerations. These powers, interests, and habits must be continually interpreted–we must know what they mean. They must be translated into terms of their social equivalents–into terms of what they are capable of in the way of social service.

Dewey was one of the first social engineers who believed the elites know better than the masses - so knowledge, itself, was not to be given freely. Each person must fit some equation so only selected information could be doled out. Marx and Engels held the idea that "The worker becomes poorer the more wealth he produces, the more his production increases in power and extent. The worker becomes an ever cheaper commodity the more commodities he creates."

It was the failure of Socialism that proved the falsity of Dewey's system - but the Progressives like Woodrow Wilson embraced it and embedded it so deeply that it is still the driving paradigm of today's educational system. The system does not teach students that it is a failure, and holds those who realize the truth to be "noise in the system and to be ignored." No wonder the system is self-perpetuating.
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