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Owenay

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How the hell did this happen!?! I don't believe it! You mean an uber-progressive school with no set curriculum, no books, no tests, and a 'come as you please' policy has turned out to be an utter failure??? How can this be?!?

Surprising? Children of ‘Progressive’ 32K Per Year ‘Blue School’ in Manhattan Can’t Read

Posted on June 13, 2012 at 7:21pm by Erica Ritz


Members of the 'Blue Man Group' (Photo: AP)

Parents are stunned to find that their children can’t read after enrolling them in the “progressive” Blue School of Manhattan, founded by Blue Man Group performers and their wives.

Costing close to $32,000 a year, the exclusive school– which has been featured by CNN and the New York Times– describes its mission as being “to cultivate creative, joyful and passionate inquirers who use courageous and innovative thinking to build a harmonious and sustainable world.”

(Related: State of U.S. Education Now Ranks Behind…Slovakia)

The New York Times described institution: “From the beginning, the founders wanted to incorporate scientific research about childhood development into the classroom. Having rapidly grown to more than 200 students in preschool through third grade, the school has become a kind of national laboratory for integrating cognitive neuroscience and cutting-edge educational theory into curriculum, professional development and school design.”

But after some concern over the loose structure of the school, where there are is no set curriculum and no start time, parents started requesting formal examinations– and they were stunned by the results.


A screen shot of the Blue School's website where, ironically, children are seemingly depicted writing (Photo: The Blue School)

“It’s all fun and games until you realize your second-grader can’t read,” a parent wrote on Urbanbaby.com, while another said “it’s true” that her child was struggling.

The aforementioned New York Times article may help explain why, though not intentionally.

While explaining how innovative the school’s “no set curriculum” program is, the Times explained that at one point the students chose to study sharks and leaves.

Now, the New York Post reports, parents are withdrawing their children in droves and teachers are leaving en masse.

“A majority of my Upper East Side clients, if they took a look down there, their heads would explode,” education adviser Terri Decker of Smart City Kids explained. “Literally, their brains would be on the pavement.”

But Steve Nelson, head of the Calhoun School, advised parents to remain calm.

“Parents are understandably anxious about being patient if their child is developing at a slightly later time…” he said.

Check out TIME’s profile of the school, from 2008:

[video=youtube;bTM8y1CdHbo]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTM8y1CdHbo[/video]

(H/T: Gateway Pundit)
 

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[video=youtube;dwJQ6G7Z_II]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwJQ6G7Z_II&feature=related[/video] I got nothin.
 

Don the Radio Guy

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In November, Shanon Greenfield asked her first graders what they wanted to study. Sharks and leaves each developed a strong following. Over weeks of discussion, the students decided they should go to an aquarium to learn more about one of the topics they had picked. Ms. Greenfield posted a road map for their research. What do they know? What do they want to know? How will they find it out?

The students set goals: Pick an aquarium, figure out how to get there, plan what to do while there and afterward. By mid-January, they were pondering transportation options: school bus (free) or ferry (one student thought it was most direct). They set a deadline for the trip, and in February visited the New York Aquarium in Coney Island — by bus.
It took them three fucking months to figure out how to get to the fucking aquarium. The aquarium is in Brooklyn. This school practically SITS UNDER THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE.
 

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It took them three fucking months to figure out how to get to the fucking aquarium. The aquarium is in Brooklyn. This school practically SITS UNDER THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE.
The Brooklyn Bridge is in the northern part of BK. Coney Island is all the way at the southern tip. That shit takes a lot of time to plan.



Seriously, though - I just got sad reading the part Don quoted. Young children being taught by people with the minds of young children. Fucking doomed.
 

fletcher

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It took them three fucking months to figure out how to get to the fucking aquarium. The aquarium is in Brooklyn. This school practically SITS UNDER THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE.
Not to play devils advocate but it was a trip planned by children. Im surprised they didnt discuss the option to get there by spaceship.

Still sad though, those parents got fleeced.
 

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Not to play devils advocate but it was a trip planned by children. Im surprised they didnt discuss the option to get their by spaceship.

Still sad though, those parents got fleeced.
I laugh every time someone uses spaceship.
 

Owenay

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[video=youtube;dwJQ6G7Z_II]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwJQ6G7Z_II&feature=related[/video]
I got nothin.
Wow! I loved that show as a little kid. Forgot all about it. I remember setting my alarm clock for 5AM when I was like 8 so I could watch that on some obscure UHF channel. /coolstory
 

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I'll bet the worst public Brooklyn school is teaching better than that piece of shit.

...and there are some shitty public schools in that borough.
 

MayrMeninoCrash

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Clearly the answer is more vouchers to get kids out of horrible public schools and into model institutions of learning such as this.