2015 March 10 Tuesday
Jeb Bush Charter School Success Really Failed
What you need to know about Jeb Bush: Charter School in Miami Hailed by Bush Ended in Ruin.
A school that Jeb Bush co-founded in 1996 has been a rallying point as he considers running for president. But when he tells his tale of achievement, he avoids the school’s name and unhappy closing in 2008.
Jeb Bush has unsound judgment. This seems to run in his family.
Charter schools, like school vouchers, are part of a long line educational innovations that were oversold. Jeb continues to support No Child Left Behind which his brother signed into law and which did not make much of a dent on school outcomes. Jeb is also a supporter of Common Core, yet another great hope in American education. Common Core will fail.
Education is a field with lots of quack ideas and low research standards. Almost all education research does not try to measure results controlled by IQ. But unless student IQ is controlled for it is hard to measure the relative effectiveness different teaching techniques. Random assignment of students to get different treatments would also work but costs a lot and is rarely done. Common Core has not been rigorously tested but is being touted as the next great hope in American education.
By Randall Parker at 2015 March 10 09:02 PM
Good book on K-12 education in US is by Robert Weissberg,
"Bad Students, not Bad Schools",
$ 10.00 (used) + $ 3.99 S&H
Also Derbyshire's numerous educational posts, the shortest and the most emotional being
"No, We Can't",
Disclaimer: both our (with my wife) kids
graduated from a public High School here in Florida. It was pretty good school.
In spite of the string of failures, Jeb is gunning to be the third Bush "education" President.
A few weeks ago I attended a meeting with our local school superintendent, a typical leftist education bureaucrat. He told me he was completing his Ph.D. in education at a local third-rate state university. His thesis looks at the reasons students' families choose private instead of public schools, based entirely on parent interviews. To me, the most important determinant factor was family income - affluent families have a lot more options in schooling than poor ones, who are usually stuck with the local (often rotten) public schools. So I asked him how he controlled for incomes in the families he interviewed. He said he didn't! His presentation (to a fairly conservative audience) included lots of references to free meal programs, diversity, inclusiveness and a few mentions of his never-ending efforts to combat "white privilege"! Most of his listeners were appalled.
Hard to imagine it could be possible but Jeb Bush hates America more than GWB. Why did GWB hate America? Probably because of its historic freedoms, which he did much to destroy.