Taxpayers keep pouring millions into our schools systems, the federal government keeps changing the criteria, yet schools are failing to provide an adequate education to our kids in public schools, while private schools which receive no federal aid are flourishing.

Three more charter schools were approved this week in Delaware by the State Board of Education.

If you haven’t yet tossed your Sunday’s edition of the News Journal, go to page A13 or go to their web site; http://www.delawareonline.com and read an interesting story about the students at Odyssey Charter School in Wilmington for the answer.

Instead of studying stuffy books written by stuffed shirts and studying all day for state tests so the kids scores will make the teachers look good so they don’t get fired, and allows the schools to gain access to more federal aid. Odyssey enacts what is in their study books.

Fourth graders dressed as immigrants from all over the world entering the United States through Ellis Island as their ancestors did a 100 years ago and enacting what their forefathers did going through the same long lines, interrogation, medical check ups, corruption from officials.

Read the link below for the full story and photo’s of the little ones dressed in old clothes carrying old luggage. One of the kids said :It was really cool that we got to feel like the actual immigrants did…..I feel like I know more what they went through now.”

The problem with our public schools is they are too hungry for the federal dollar, too lazy to think of their own education plans, thus they have taken the imagination away and adventure from our kids and have made them robots. My opinion.




  1. 1) i’m sure this is not the only school creating such a performance at the end of a unit. these types of things have been done at laurel, at least on the k/1st level for thanksgiving and other units of study.
    2) i’m also sure odyssey charter doesn’t hurt for money to fund these things. i don’t know the cost to send a child there, but it is surely more than sending a child to a public school.
    3) i’m sure this school is not hurting in the area of parental support for such culminating performances.
    4) this also, no doubt, is a school filled with students from affluent homes, where parental interest in everything they do is abundant.
    5) i’m not sure, but i would imagine this school is not overloaded with children with learning issues, living in homes below the poverty level.
    i believe all teachers need guidelines for their cirriculum. on the lst gr. level, teachers know what the children have to accomplish in order to be successful in 2nd grade. Heaven knows the K classes have had to step up with the academics in order for that to all happen. sadly in that process, K classes are barely recognizable when compared to how it was years ago. given that teachers know what has to be accomplished, they then have to find ways to get this into the little minds of children who are ready to learn and who are not ready to learn, children who are settled and attentive and children who are not able to focus and have a life full of strife, hunger, and lack of rules and guidelines at home. in laurel it seems sometimes as tho the second group is the dominant group, and that’s where class size becomes so important.
    it’s unfair to claim that school districts are lazy. the job is a huge job without the government interference. imagination has been stolen from the teachers as well. in every aspect of every day teachers are being told what to do and how to do it by people that could not function in a classroom as a teacher for 1/2 day. and soon to come in laurel, is big brother who clecks to see if u are doing what u said u were going to do at any particular moment. the opportunity to expand on something when u see a spark from ur class or to change course when something is particularly difficult for them to grasp is being taken away. spontaneous conversation and learning in the moment that shows a need or interest is being taken away. if ur schedule says math is over at 1:40, u better wrap it up regardless of the issues by 1:40. so imagination and creativity suffer, but it’s not because teachers are lazy. they simply want to keep their job!

    • Went back to review my post; lazy did not refer to teachers, but to the heads at DOE and administrators in public schools who are not creative but take what is handed to them; like I did to media reporters when I was in government; prepare a press release, hand it to them and it appeared word for word in the media the next day.
      I don’t think this private school can be singled out; my grandchild goes to a Christian School; I have watched some of their classes, and have been told of some of their field trips and watched their imagination fly.
      Again the public school system is a failure.

  2. Charter schools are public schools. We don’t pay for our children to attend them.

    I think the biggest difference is that most of the kids who attend charter schools have parents who are interested and invested in their children’s education. That’s not to say tbat there aren’t many, many parents committed and invested in their children’s education in traditional public schools. But, each and every child who attends a charter school had a parent who made the conscious decision to complete an application and take any other steps necessary to have their child enrolled at the charter school.

  3. Dear Frank,
    There are great problems in American public education today, but I don’t think you have identified them and on some points, I think you are clearly misinformed.
    1. District schools are schools of last resort. Charter schools do benefit from increased participation and support by parents, beginning with the effort made to get their children through the admission process. If the child is deemed a “bad” fit, the child is sent back to the home district, the placement of “last resort”. Removing a child from a home district is difficult and often politically impossible. The result: disruptive students are returned to the classroom, free to disrupt again and again. Look at the statistics of how many students in Laurel skewed the discipline data by being multiple repeat disrupters. Superintendant Ewald refuses to consider expelling students, or even place them in alternative schools. A teacher can either take the time to manage the behavior of a disruptive student or teach the rest of the class, but not both at the same time. Don’t the parents of non-disruptive students have the right to demand that services be provided primarily their children? They do, and should.

    These are 4 more topics I will address in further posts to your blog:
    2. Leadership is often overlooked: leaders are often undertrained, poorly screened, and often engage in toxic management practices.
    3. No time studies are performed on the tasks teachers are required to do, amid massive cost shifting from district to teacher costs
    4. Longitudinal studies would reveal the best information about how districts are actually performing
    5. Secondary curriculum is created and delivered as if all students were college bound

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