Two schools in Brooklyn

Two high schools in Brooklyn:

A teacher, trying to stop a fight, is pushed into an elevator shaft with the struggling student; fortunately, the drop is only six feet.

Diane Ravitch tours a Catholic girls’ school where teachers will work for less because the students are eager to learn.

Although many come from stable families, the student body includes girls who live in desperate poverty; daughters of incarcerated women; girls with a parent living with HIV/AIDS; students in foster care; and refugees from Africa, Latin America and China. Some 55 percent of the students are black; 40 percent are Hispanic, with nearly 5 percent Asian and less than 1 percent white.

The school’s results are re markable. An amazing 98 percent of the girls complete high school, and 90 percent of the graduates attend college.

Small miracles happen here. This unlikely school has produced a speech team that consistently wins state and national competitions. The library is brimming with its trophies. Last year, the team ranked as one of the top five in the nation, having bested hundreds of public and private high schools. The girls’ achievement is even more miraculous in light of the fact that their coach, David Risley, is legally deaf.

The Catholic school spends $6,400 per student versus $12,000 for public New York City schools.

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  1. I shall reply to the objection that is sure to come. Of course Catholic schools send their students to college while public schools send their teachers down elevator shafts, because public schools must practice “equity” and “inclusion.” If you send your children to an urban public school you must accept that they will be thrown into a cell block with all sorts of deviants and you need to just smile and nod you head when you are told that this is a good thing.

    In practice these concepts mean that the inmates run the asylum, and the animals the zoo. The effect of these doctrines has been to deny appropriate education to the well and unwell alike. It is staggering to consider that the blind fools who are responsible for creating and maintaining this system are so insane as to think it will be allowed to go on forever. As they used to say, “Quos Deus vastat, prius dementat.”

  2. superdestroyer says:

    The writer needs to do his research and look at the results of the National Catholic Forensic League, there are many catholic schools that are outperforming Saint Joseph. In addition, the article is written to make you think they are winning at Debate or public speaking, when the results that I looked up, they are winning at prose/poetry reading.

    Once again, an educational reform trys to oversell what is obviously a good story.

  3. I believe the quote is “Quos Deus vult perdere prius dementat”. (Whom God wishes to destroy he first drives mad.) In any case, I’m not sure how well the quote applies to the situation. You’re overreacting, to put it mildly.

  4. Richard Brandshaft says:

    Not long ago, there was a link here to conservatives complaining about all the nit-picking regulations required for a school building. Apparently, there aren’t enough. Unless the combatants are from Krypton, elevator doors should not open because someone — or even two people — stubble into them hard.

  5. I don’t think this is a matter of regulations. When was the last time you saw an open elevator that led to a shaft instead of the inside of the damn elevator? Either something’s wrong with the elevator and someone was repairing it when the fight broke out or the doors were opened intentionally with the thought of maybe pushing someone in them? Regulating for this is like regulating there be a roof on the building.

    It says 98% of girls, but what about BOYS? You always have to see what they’re omitting.

  6. Lindenen,

    If you had read the story, you would have seen that it is a Catholic girls’ school only.

    As a resident of NYC, I see the same thing in my neighborhood in Queens. I live close to Archbishop Molloy High School and the kids who go there are great. They are hard working and polite. They are also a very mixed bag in nationalities, etc. Compare them to the local public high school and you can really see the difference.

  7. Funny how you can read a blog post and yet NOT read it. Joanne’s post even mentions it’s a girls’ school. I think this means I need more coffee.


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