— From The Myth of Charter Schools by Diane Ravitch. I have a real conflict with this—most of the time I just try staying out of it. This is just my natural default action from avoiding conflict, but this is one time where I’m genuinely torn between friends. I have one friend who works in a Public School, and another friend who works for a Charter School and both of their lives are threatened because of this action. I wish I even knew where to begin to understand and deliberate what can be done to fix this problem though I do think one thing that is universal with this Education problem is that the entire system is flawed and the people in charge are against the idea of actually trying to fix it. I’m at a total loss.
Most Americans graduated from public schools, and most went from school to college or the workplace without thinking that their school had limited their life chances. There was a time—which now seems distant—when most people assumed that students’ performance in school was largely determined by their own efforts and by the circumstances and support of their family, not by their teachers. There were good teachers and mediocre teachers, even bad teachers, but in the end, most public schools offered ample opportunity for education to those willing to pursue it. The annual Gallup poll about education shows that Americans are overwhelmingly dissatisfied with the quality of the nation’s schools, but 77 percent of public school parents award their own child’s public school a grade of A or B, the highest level of approval since the question was first asked in 1985.