Good Money after Bad
The Mayor's proposal for failing schools is fraught with problems for the following seven reasons:
- Throwing money at failed
school has been tried time and time again with no success.
- The rules, roles and relationships
that have developed in failed schools preclude asking the teachers and
administrators responsible for the failure in the first place to reinvent
- Rewarding failure
invariably penalizes success. Doing so reinforces the wrong kinds of behaviors
on the part of principals, teachers and students.
- If the Mayor can find an
additional $150 million, these resources would be better spent supporting and
replicating successful schools.
- The schools least able to
manage themselves are no those most able to successfully
manage additional social services for students and their families.
- Focusing schools on the
communities they are situated within simply reinforces the segregation by race
and class that are reflected in neighborhoods in New York City.
- Despite successive match group MDRC studies showing significant gains in graduation rates in general, and college enrollment for African American males, the Mayor consistently refuses to consider closing failed schools and replacing them with new, small, more successful ones.
History, data and common sense all point to why the mayor should abandon this approach. However, for the sake of our children, I hope that I'm proven wrong.
Published Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014