Thinking and Linking by Joanne Jacobs
Most of Colorado’s top-ranked schools are charter schools that set high standards.
I’m proud to say that I helped found one of the schools on that list. Standards are certainly important; our faculty and Board spent a great deal of time over the first five years putting very specific standards and benchmarks in place. However I put equal importance on the dynamics which result from being a school of choice. As such we could adopt a coherent mission which was attractive to the parents who enrolled their children and, unlike other schools, we did not have a perpetual state of civil war between competing philosophies. With no guaranteed enrollment we always had to be responsive to what our customers (parents) wanted. Choice is a ruthless eliminator of BS.
Feh. Not a single Denver school in the top 5s.
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