Does KIPP work students too hard? On Edspresso’s Faces of School Choice, Rocio Mendoza, a KIPPster who won a scholarship to Hotchkiss, an elite prep school, and then to Stanford, says KIPP’s work ethic is “the work ethic of the kids who go to Stanford and Harvard.”
Thatâ€™s the mentality of people who make it in general. To say that itâ€™s too demanding is lowering expectations. If people took a close look at our wealthier, upper-class counterparts in these private schools, they would find theyâ€™re very hardworking and come from areas with high pressure to perform. At Hotchkiss, we saw kids running around with thermoses of coffee all day long â€” they were very driven and compulsive about their performance. … The really influential political figures in the country come from these boarding schools in New England. KIPP gives these kids the same standards and level of excellence as future Kennedys. I donâ€™t think those critics realize the level of work and preparation it takes for success, even beyond college and in the real world.
Mendoza will graduate next spring from Stanford with a bachelorâ€™s degree in political science and urban studies, work for a year and then go to law school.