Wednesday, December 29, 2010
☞ INTRODUCING: 125th Street Charter Progress
LINK. All this new activity brings us back to a recent article published in the New York Times on the exit of schools chancellor Joel Klein in which he mentioned that 40 percent of students in Harlem are now attending charters: LINK. The one comment that sticks out the most to us in the article is a quote from Mr. Klein that sums up the education reform movement's goal in recent years:
"There was really a deep belief that there’s only so much you can do, particularly for high-poverty kids. That poverty is, if not destiny, a significant hindrance to effective education. And changing ideas, changing hearts, changing minds — those things are difficult. And not surprisingly, people are going to push back. It’s a lot easier for the school system to say we graduated 45 percent of our kids because our kids had lots of problems and there’s only so much education you can do. It’s a lot harder to say we graduated 45 percent of our kids because we blew it; we didn’t do the job that we needed to do. That kind of ownership is a major kind of transformation."
Now that another Harlem's Children Zone will be also constructed on West 129th Street, it would seem that charter attendance might even go up higher in the new year: LINK. There are definitely major changes happening in Harlem these days and education is also included in the mix.