Revealing the dark side of the KIPP Charter school chain.
Julian Vasquez Heilig explains that he first started researching charter schools because of his encounter with KIPP Austin.
He planned to work with KIPP Austin on their problems with attrition of black male students. Then Oprah celebrated KIPP as just the right place for black students, and the collaboration and research project were dead.
Now he reviews Jim Horn’s book about KIPP from his perspective as a knowledgeable researcher. The new book is called “Work Hard, Be Hard: Journeys Through “No Excuses” Teaching.”
KIPP is the most celebrated charter chain in the nation. It has received hundreds of millions of dollars in gifts and grants from foundations, individuals, and government.
Horn and his collaborators write about the perspectives of some 30 disillusioned former KIPP teachers.
Heilig writes that screaming at students is common practice in KIPP charter schools:
Why does KIPP encourage and/or allow these practices? Horn writes, school leaders…
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