Monday, August 03, 2009

That's One Stacked Kindergarten

So, if you sent the list of the opening staff at Democracy Prep Blackstone Valley back in time or to some quiet corner not familiar with the current education reform discourse, of which the school is very much a part, and asked, "What are the priorities of the organizers of this school?" the obvious answers would be: small student to teacher ratio (8:1 counting "teaching fellows"), advanced training (seven masters degrees on the staff of a kindergarten), respect for experienced teachers, and emphasis on in-depth psychological training for teachers. Of course, none of these are ostensibly priorities of the education reform movement which Democracy Prep is a part of. So what this means, I don't know.

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