The Charter School as Factory: This is Reform?

Essays in Education, Vol. 7, Fall 2003

6 Pages Posted: 28 Feb 2006


Charter schools have been pushed as a way to reform education. This article is my experience in one charter school. The structural freedom provided charter schools do not necessarily mean an improvement in education practices. Convention, tradition, and banking education may persist. Authoritarian administrative practices may continue and impede true reform which occurs at the classroom level by empowered, professional educators. Computers can assist in the persistence of convention, tradition, and banking education.

Keywords: Charter schools, computers, disadvantaged students, teaching in charter, education reform

JEL Classification: H1, H10, H11, H4, I2, I20, I21, I28, K1, K19

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Simpson, Michael W., The Charter School as Factory: This is Reform?. Essays in Education, Vol. 7, Fall 2003, Available at SSRN:

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