Success Academy To Share Ideas With Others

Education is one of our most precious resources. Those who have it can usually make a pretty decent life for themselves while those who don’t end up having to struggle. We know this, and this is why we care so much about the education that our children receive.

 

Charter schools like Success Academy are showing others how they do things. They have opened their doors so to speak by providing information online about the curriculum that they use as well as helpful advice about professional development.

 

Eva Moskowitz is the founder and CEO of the Success Academy which is the largest network of charter schools in New York. She has stated from day one that she wants to open more high performing charter schools all throughout the country while at the same time working to improve education overall. She believes that the public school system has simply failed in too many areas of the country. Her goal is to try to turn that around.

 

She is a former Democratic council member who was even considered for the role of Secretary of Education in the Trump Administration. She withdrew her own name from consideration and has instead decided to pursue her goals through other means. That being said, she has remained a defender of the current Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos who is also a fighter for charter schools.

 

The school has received awards for its ability to help particularly low-income students close the achievement gap that exists between them and students who come from more affluent families. It is an issue that has been recognized and is one that we must do something about.

 

The charter school system has a lot more flexibility to experiment with new ideas and approaches to education. With this added flexibility comes some pretty strong results in a lot of cases. Students doing better than what they were able to in public school is a big deal to the people behind charter school options. They love to see their schools do well, but they also like to share their discoveries so that other schools may latch on to them as well going forward.

 

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Betsy DeVos Has A Few Positive Ideas For Our Children’s Education

Betsy DeVos is the new Secretary of Education who sits on President Donald Trump’s cabinet. She is in charge of leading our nation’s educational policy, and she has great influence over many different programs. One area where Betsy has been very active over the years has been as an advocate of school choice and school vouchers for students and parents.

There is no doubt that we are in the position of the “haves and the have-nots” when it comes to education in America. We do still have a crisis in the inner cities and very rural areas of the country, and even after over 70 years of spending billions of dollars on education, we are not making any progress. Read her interview with Philantrophy Table.

Test scores and ultimate outcomes are the determining factors of how well our educational system works, and the areas that need the most work, still have the least satisfactory results. Our educational systems still only rank 14th in the world, and we are judged to be the 2nd most ignorant country in the world.

This is why Betsy DeVos clings to the philosophy of allowing parents and students choices in where and how they wish to receive educational instruction. Betsy makes the point very plain when she asks why does a students’ formal education have to be tied to a zip code and one building when we have so many technological alternatives available.

Just about every student from all walks of life in the United States knows how to operate a smartphone or a tablet. There is the perfect device to introduce as a primary way to deliver education in multiple locations, even at home. Betsy was very involved in the Detroit publically funded Charter School project where very positive gains were made in student’s test scores in reading, where the scores nearly doubled those of the public school students. Graduation rates were way up too, compared to the public schools.

The environment was the same, and the town was the same, but the Charter schools did better. Evidence from other pilot projects have had similar results, but the entrenched public school system refuses to acknowledge anything new. With most of the budget for public schools going to buildings, administrative salaries, and yes, teacher salaries, there is not much enthusiasm for any divergence.

DeVos repeatedly has pointed out that more money from the Federal Government hasn’t worked up to now, and it is not going to work in the future. Money is not the answer, but innovation is. She points out that new ideas like Uber, Lyft, Apple, and driverless cars can pop up in real life and become effective very quickly, but the old, failed ideas of public education still hang on.

People wrongly accuse DeVos of wanting to do away with teachers, suburban schools, and all of that, but that is simply political fearmongering. Her take on all of the hype is to stick with what is working, but the areas that are not working need change. Read more news on Cleveland.com.