USA Today Editorial: If there was any silver lining to the devastation that Hurricane Katrina wrought in New Orleans four years ago, perhaps it is this: The water washed away one of the nation’s worst school systems and left New Orleans determined to rebuild in a wholly new way.
In related news, New Orleans NBA star Chris Paul (channeling Uncommon Schools Brett Peiser): “If everybody comes back 1 percent better, that will make our team better. So I’ll try to do my part and come back better than I was last year.”
The reason that charter schools are tagged with failing to create “best practices that transfer to other districts” is because so many of the best practices are simply 1% micro-solutions. Each by itself elicits shoulder-shrugging. But if you add enough 1% solutions together, you put teachers in a position to succeed.
~ Guestblogger Mike Goldstein