Will Charter Schools Cure America’s Blues?

Walter Russell Mead is the James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and Humanities at Bard College and Editor-at-Large of The American Interest magazine.

He writes today:

As the blue social model gradually falls apart and American society casts restlessly about for something to replace it, charter schools may be on the cutting edge of the social transformation about to take place.

This isn’t because they are a magic bullet solution to our education problems.  The research surrounding the effectiveness of charter schools is controversial and politicized.  Some schools work better than others — and that is likely to be the case going forward.  However we organize our educational system there will be good schools and bad schools, good principals and bad ones, good teachers and bad.  And no type of school can consistently overcome the consequences of parental negligence and demoralization.  A majority of New Orleans students may be attending charter schools these days, but that is not going to turn the Crescent City into the Athens of the Delta overnight.

Read it all.

Full disclosure, my wife is part of the Bay Haven Charter Academy here in Panama City, Florida.

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