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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 05:30 AM

 

Rocketship Education: Poor kids don't deserve music or art

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As a lifelong music educator, this is one of the most despicable education stories I've ever heard:

JEFFREY BROWN: Now we look to a California education experiment called the Rocketship Model that involves teachers, kids and parents and aims to expand one day to serve a million students. NewsHour's special correspondent for education, John Merrow, has our report...

JOHN MERROW: For about one hour every day, students practice math and literacy skills. They work independently at their own pace. The computer is able to track and guide the progress of each student. It's something educators call differentiated learning. Some students work on basic skills, while others advance to more challenging lessons. The learning lab allows a school to hire six fewer teachers, which Rocketship says results in savings of up to half a million dollars. That money is used to pay teachers higher salaries, fund academic deans who help teachers get better, and train principals for future Rocketship schools. But one thing the savings are not used for, art and music classes.

VERONICA BARBOSA: I wish we could have art and music in the school, but at the same time if you want your child to have that in their life, you can make the effort to try and get it, like, after school or on the weekends.


Understand that Rocketship explicitly states that its mission is "...to become a national network to eliminate the achievement gap in low-income neighborhoods." They are a school for poor kids - and, according to Rocketship, poor kids don't need art and music education.

Apparently, poor kids also don't need a computerized curriculum that actually works:

JOHN MERROW: A problem we saw is that some students in the lab do not appear to be engaged. They sit at their computers for long periods of time, seemingly just guessing.

JUDY LAVI: That's definitely not the ideal situation. The ideal situation would be that they'd get help from somebody in the learning lab who would explain the concept to them. Then they would go back and practice it...

ANDREW ELLIOTT-CHANDLER: Next year, we're -- we're thinking of bringing the computers back to the classrooms and the kids back to the classrooms... Innovation, I think, is one of the most exciting reasons to be at Rocketship. It's exhausting, but it's also exhilarating. Things change dramatically every year...


http://jerseyjazzman.blogspot.com/2012/12/rocketship-poor-kids-dont-deserve-music.html

Rocketship: a project of Reed Hastings (Netflix) & the Gates Foundation.

http://www.rsed.org/about/National-Strategy-Board.cfm

Here's the video. The starting premise: We need a model for mass-produced education, just as Ford mass-produced the model T.

When bill gates' kids are put in such a school, maybe i'll buy this idea.

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HiPointDem Dec 2012 OP
xchrom Dec 2012 #1
bluestateguy Dec 2012 #2
Starry Messenger Dec 2012 #3
snot Dec 2012 #4
savebigbird Dec 2012 #5
dembotoz Dec 2012 #6
Odin2005 Dec 2012 #8
Odin2005 Dec 2012 #7
savebigbird Dec 2012 #10
kydo Dec 2012 #9
DirkGently Dec 2012 #11
lunasun Dec 2012 #12
gollygee Dec 2012 #13

Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 05:33 AM

1. du rec. nt

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 05:50 AM

2. Right. Because they should just learn how to be docile and obedient drones in the corporate machine

Creativity and leadership is for the rich kids.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 06:21 AM

3. k&r

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 07:00 AM

4. K&R'd.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 08:38 AM

5. Some of us have been discussing this

over on the education boards.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/11245102

This is not at all surprising. It isn't a shock that people are trying to take Fine Arts away from our kids. The state of our economy and cutbacks have been used as excuses to try to take these vital things from our kids for decades.

This story isn't about school choice. It's about misleading impressionable parents and funneling taxpayer money into the hands of pedagogically inexperienced business people who try to run schools like corporations or factories.

P.S. That particular PBS program is funded in part by "school choice" and charter school advocates (see "Waiting for Superman") Bill and Melinda Gates.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 08:43 AM

6. bill gates attempt to create a market of docile kids to use windows 8

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Response to dembotoz (Reply #6)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 08:49 AM

8. LOL, sad but true.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 08:48 AM

7. Art makes you more creative and open-minded.

The PTB don't want that.

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Response to Odin2005 (Reply #7)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 10:09 AM

10. Arts also make people happier!

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 08:55 AM

9. the arts

are important. Just as important as math and reading. For whatever reason music helps a student in math. And thats just one example. But the most important one is if you are practicing your instrument, at dance class, writing a report/book, at rehearsal for a play or any type of theater, you are not out hanging with a gang. You are also not at home unsupervised doing really dumb and wasteful things.

It really pisses me off when the public schools are being forced to even think of cutting the arts. It pisses me off even more when funds are diverted to charter and private schools at the expense of public education. That is just wrong.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 10:44 AM

11. People need to realize Bill Gates knows nothing about education.


He's a technically brilliant college dropout who got very good at making money through foisting mediocre things on the public in huge volumes.

Not the model we need.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 10:44 AM

12. Things change dramatically every year...

Next year, we're -- we're thinking of bringing.........blah blah Teachers for America
Teach this now forget last year
That is sooo good to have that kind of continuity in one's education.
The kids are just being swung one way to another on whats the 'best ' way to educate them' and the changes are hard even for high achieving kids
& where is the teacher in the lab?

Even in higher income and schools over the state average this is going on so why do they keep a washing machine of methods going in and out ??

Not that poor income areas would deserve this - in fact it probably hurts them more as they have lesss costly alternate resources they can supplement their children's education with.

Public$$$ can be sucked out with every change that is why imo

from the vid>
"I have 5 classes that I coach"

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 10:45 AM

13. I've read many places and times that students who study music

do better at school in general.

This is stupid.

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