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Success Academy…? I Don’t Think So!


Plans are afoot to appoint an administrator from the US Charter School movement when the current HM Chief Inspector of Schools retires at the end of the year. This is what we can expect…

The children are probably six-years-old and all appear to be children of color, either African-American or Latino. During the math lesson while this little girl is being berated by the teacher, who is White, twelve children are seen sitting attentively, backs upright, hands folded in their laps, in a tight circle. Every child is in uniform. They do not smile or giggle. They are not allowed slouch. They are not allowed to squirm. They are not allowed to be children. They are terrorized into obedience fearful of being the next child targeted by a White authority figure.

This article by Alan Singer covers the recent furore about the methods of the US-based Charter School network, Success Academy. Not for the squeamish!
Success Academy’s War Against Children | The Huffington Post

You can read view the original video and read further commentary here:
At Success Academy School, a Stumble in Math and a Teacher’s Anger on Video | The New York Times
Parents and Local Politicians Combat Success Academy Charter Network | The Huffington Post
Success Academy undercover video shows no-excuses discipline at its ugliest | The Slate

About educationalist04

I'm convinced we can, as a species, do much better than this if we set our minds to being much more positive and productive towards our fellow humans. The solution is learning - creating independent and autonomous learners who can problem solve, innovate and create a better more equitable and sustainable world.

2 comments on “Success Academy…? I Don’t Think So!

  1. Jens Lyon
    February 29, 2016

    I did not “like” this post because I like what Success Academy is doing to children. I “liked” the post because it is important to draw attention to what is happening at these schools. Thanks for spreading the word.

  2. educationalist04
    March 1, 2016

    Jens, I’ve always taken the view that schools should work with children and not “do” things to them. I think new thinking is required in many schools but not a culture of compulsion in which many are allowed to fail.

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