On Stories from School, Eve Rifkin reveals that she’s the enemy of public education: After years teaching at a large public high school, she worked with two colleagues to start a small charter school.
It became a moral imperative for us to open a small public school in which kids would be known by all of the adults that worked there.
. . . Six years later, we have graduated close to one hundred students, many of whom were the first in their families to graduate from high school and go on to college. We approach our work with a “one-kid-at-a-time” mindset because we can. We were never afforded this privilege when we worked at a school of two thousand students.
I had no idea that what I had been doing this whole time was causing the destruction of public education. On the contrary, my decision to open a small non-profit charter school was the most pro-public education choice I could have imagined. At that time, the only students I knew who were getting a highly rigorous and personalized education were the ones whose parents could afford to send them to private school. And that was just unfair.
She’s tired of being seen as a spawn of Satan by other public school teachers.
The Carnival of Homeschooling is up at Life: One (magnolia-scented) bubble bath at a time.