Thursday, March 28, 2013

Confessions of a black school reformer

This book of fiction - "The Garden Path: The Miseducation of a City" is about the radical changes in New Orleans K-12 education after hurricane Katrina devastated the city. 

New Orleans is now charter school heaven - one of the most radical charter school experiments in educational history - made possible by politicians and reformers taking advantage of the hurricane Katrina natural disaster.

garden path 

"Here’s a post about a new book on school reform — “The Garden Path: The Miseducation of a City — by Andre Perry — that smacks opposing sides of the debate. This was written by Natalie Hopkinson. a contributing editor to The Root DC. E-mail her at  This appeared on The Root D.C."

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“We needed good ideas, but we also needed people to bring them to fruition and stay the course afterward,” he writes. “Change without community input spells danger and failure.”

The Promise of Vouchers

Milton Friedman, Wall Street Journal, December 5, 2005

"Most New Orleans schools are in ruins, as are the homes of the children who have attended them. The children are now scattered all over the country. This is a tragedy. It is also an opportunity to radically reform the educational system."

The Shock Doctrine: An Excerpt From the Introduction

"In sharp contrast to the glacial pace with which the levees were repaired and the electricity grid brought back online, the auctioning-off of New Orleans' school system took place with military speed and precision. Within 19 months, with most of the city's poor residents still in exile, New Orleans' public school system had been almost completely replaced by privately run charter schools."
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