Critics silenced by Eva Moskowitz’s undeniable ‘Success’

Aug 24, 2014 by

There she goes again, embarrassing all the educrats in New York with their silly excuses. Damn that Eva Moskowitz!

Having already outmaneuvered Mayor de Blasio by getting Gov. Cuomo and the Legislature to make sure her charter schools are housed and funded, Moskowitz won’t give her critics a break. The latest test results confirm that, haters notwithstanding, she has a secret sauce for excellence.

 

Ninety-four percent of the students in her Success Academy network who took state exams scored proficiently on math, and 64 percent were proficient in English.

 

In the rest of the city, only 35 percent of students scored that high in math, and only 29 percent in English.

 

Among the top 10 schools for math in the whole state, four were hers. That’s remarkable.

 

And, to her critics, infuriating.

 

In a better world, they would follow her around night and day, clipboard in hand, to find out how she does it. Or they could simply ask her, if they really wanted to know.

 

“Joyful rigor,” she told one interviewer, cleverly puncturing the silly claim that her kids are slaves to numbers and don’t have fun.

 

The attacks by de Blasio peaked last winter, but the cold war lingers. The mayor insists that closing the racial achievement gap is the key to improving upward mobility for black and Latino children, yet refuses to learn from the person actually doing it. He is so sour that Moskowitz tells me she didn’t even get a simple “well done” from City Hall.

 

Shame on the mayor for making ideology and pique more important than student achievement.

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    Teacher with a Brain

    The success schools appear to have a curriculum that is sound, however, middle school and high school starts at 7:45 and dismisses at 5:30. This means teachers have a mandatory work day that exceeds 10 hours. As a public school teacher, I go home and grade papers, do lesson plans (I am taking a break from prepping for next week as I type this at almost 11:00 am on sunday). This work day is insane.

    On their website they link a first grade teacher who journaled her first day of teaching, all the while waxing poetic about how much fun she had going to recess with her class and eating lunch with them. These kinds of demands, which might SEEM fun to a 23 year old newbie teacher at the start of the school year, prove to exhaust and burn-out teachers over weeks and months. Generally the only folks who will willingly work at that inhuman pace are 20somethings. This is not a recipe for developing a corps of experienced teachers who return year to year.

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