Are no excuses charter schools setting kids up to struggle later by pushing academic skills too hard, too soon?
By Emily Kaplan
The very youngest children at the charter school at which I taught all start their nine-hour school day in the same way: by reciting the school “creed.”
“I AM A…SCHOLAR,” the two hundred children chant. The principal weaves among the tables, making sure that the children “track” her by turning their heads in accordance with her movement. One child lets out a giggle. He is immediately sent to the Silent Area.