Politicians Are Poody Heads

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“Successification”

on February 12, 2016

Yea, it’s true, and extremely unfortunate, that Eva Moskowitz’s “Success” Academy model seems to have permeated way too much of the education establishment, not just in charter schools, but in many public schools, as well.
How have we as a society allowed this to happen? Our children are not cogs in a wheel, mere consumers of educational products (that enrich the educational/technology complex) and future unthinking workers and voters.
Wait, maybe that’s the whole point. 😦

Daniel Katz, Ph.D.

Another month, another Success Academy scandal.

This time it involves an undercover video of a first grade teacher in Success Academy Cobble Hill in Brooklyn that was shot by an assistant teacher who was unnerved by the ongoing abusive behavior of the lead teacher, one of the networks “exemplar teachers” who is considered so effective she trains her colleagues.  The video, submitted to the New York Times, was shot in 2014 and was given to reporters when the assistant teacher left the Success Academy network last year.  The video is hard to watch by anyone with a hint of empathy for very young children struggling with instructions and a challenging concept.  It begins with a room of Success Academy students sitting cross-legged around the classroom rug, hands folded, backs in fully upright posture.  The teacher instructs a little girl to “count it again, making sure you are counting correctly.” …

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