The Incredible, True (and Not at All Excellent) Adventures of a Teacher in Charterland

Meet Norah. Two years ago, this artist and professional story teller landed her dream job teaching performing arts at a Massachusetts charter school. But as Norah quickly discovered, dreaming is impossible when you don’t have time to sleep. Armed with a sense of humor and a prescription for Adderall, Norah works 100+ hour weeks and does her best to carry out an ever-changing array of administrative orders at a school where every decision is data driven and closing the achievement gap is no laughing matter. Norah’s one-woman show, “Charter School is English for Gulag,” catalogues her year-long adventures in charterland. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll reach for your wine box…

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5 Comments

  1. It seems Edushyster has front row seats at the ed reform circus and 20/20 eyesight.Thanks for posting.

  2. Here’s a link to a downtown St Paul charter school that brings together hundreds of suburban and urban students. They employ a number of educators and professional artists. http://spcpa.org/

    The almost daily disparagement of charters that appears here is a mirror image of what some of you complain is happening with district public schools.

    The country has a vast array of public schools that are doing marvelous things with youngsters. Some are district, some are charter.

    1. Greetings sir. I have long been an admirer of your active commenting on blogs large and small! I am, as you know, very interested in the rapid proliferation of charters in greater Minneapolis, which is now home to 40 of these–with plans to open 20 more in the works. But what a surprise to learn that charters there consistently underperform the district schools: http://www.law.umn.edu/uploads/bb/59/bb597edaba84a325ba0129110cec6b63/2012_Update_of_IRP_2008_Charter_School_Study.pdf I’d never heard that before–have you? I disparage “small life boat” approaches to education that use the discourse of choice to actually limit choice for most kids.

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