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dav5fam 05-13-2019 02:24 PM

Charter School question
 
Please give me your understanding/opinion to this question:

How do students adapt to teachers at charter schools?

You can give as much to your answer as you choose; thank you in advance.

My friend / coworker is in a class and they are comparing charter schools to public schools. Her job is to find out the difference in how kids adjust to the teachers at one school vs the other. Is there a difference in the teachers and students at charter schools and public schools? Does any behavior stand out?

I’m just trying to help her out; sorry if it isn’t clear��

Gromit 05-13-2019 03:00 PM

I don't even know what this question means.

anna 05-13-2019 03:55 PM

I'd say students adapt like other students do . Cherry picking of the best students and parents is common so I'd imagine the chance is good that the start of the year may not be as tough in a charter school as you'd find in an urban public school.

Keltikmom 05-13-2019 05:07 PM

Charter school
 
I would have to say the adapt the same as in any public, private, or charter school. It depends upon the teacher and the child’s background.

Sbkangas5 05-13-2019 05:50 PM

There is no difference. All kids adjust in different ways depending on their experiences and personality. And you get a range of students and teachers in any school.

jov 05-13-2019 06:48 PM

Ditto to what Sbkangas5 said.

Also, you will see far more differences in schools based on socioeconomic factors, rather than whether they are regular public or public charters.

travelingfar 05-14-2019 04:07 AM

I'm confused. I don't understand why students would adapt any differently to a charter school teacher than to a public school teacher.

ConnieWI 05-14-2019 12:12 PM

Friend Who Worked in a Charter School
 
I have a reading specialist friend who worked in a charter school part time after she retired. She worked with small groups of children, and because the school was new and did not have classroom libraries, she searched second-hand shops to build classroom libraries for them. Her ethnic background was different than most of the children in the school.

Many of the students at the school did not adapt to her at all. They refused to read the books she shared with them because the children in the books did not have the same skin color as they did. They called her rude names, and sometimes even destroyed the materials she brought for her lessons and their classroom libraries. Their treatment of her was very disrespectful.

I would imagine (and hope) this is not the norm.

MissAgnes 05-15-2019 10:13 AM

This isn't a charter school issue.
 
The way the students treated that teacher has nothing to do with charter vs. public school.
My thought is it had more to do with the clash of cultures/ethnicities, and/or the fact that she was part time.

I can't think of any reason why students would adapt differently to a teacher at a charter school vs. a public school.
My oldest son goes to a charter school. Background: He is on the "high" end of the autism spectrum, has ADD as well as several mental health issues. He is also exceptionally bright. He is a sophmore this year, and has been at this school since 7th grade.
In elementary, he adapted well to some teachers, not as well to others. Same with the charter school. He adapted well to most, but had the same teacher for advisory, science and math last year, and it was a nightmare.

It has more to do with students and teacher than the type of school.

jov 05-15-2019 10:34 AM

Also
 
Charter schools are all different, just like public schools. The many charter schools in my area include an advanced math-science academy in a wealthy town, a high school for at-risk kids in the city, and everything inbetween. My grand-nephews/nieces attend a charter and I see no differences. Not even sure what you're looking for here!

WordFountain 05-15-2019 02:54 PM

Wow
 
Just wow... that’s a very strange question. I agree with PPs that it’s not a charter vs. public school issue but socio-economic, environmental, etc issue.

Not to highjsck the thread but I’d like to clear something up: I work at a charter school and have for many years. It’s a common misconception that we “cherry pick” the best students. That has not been my experience. We are a public school of choice and as long as a parent fills out the application & there’s an available slot - that student is accepted. Additionally, even though we have a Parent/Student Covenant & school Code of Conduct it doesn’t mean we can dismiss students from our school if they don’t comply. If anything it’s the opposite. We have to do more with less money/resources and must be renewed every 5 years or risk being closed. This means being audited by the state complete with classroom observations in addition to many other components.

The question posed originally seems to antagonize educators - making it charter vs public.. when instead shouldn’t we as educators all strive for the best education we can give students?


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