[NOTE: This article was originally posted in the blog of the Durham Association of Educators. Click HERE to read it and view the photographs.]
One of the biggest critiques that the proponents of privatization and charter-ization make of traditional public school systems is that they are unable to innovate, specialize, or create flexible options for students on non-traditional paths to be successful. They sell themselves as the only places where students can have autonomy and choice, and the only places where teachers can think and teach outside of the box. They rely on the widespread narrative about failing public schools and assume that most people won’t do the research of visiting schools themselves.