June 13, 2012

What a surprise

The famous Blue Man Group founded an elite private school in NYC ($32,000 per year), yet parents are yanking their kids out -- because instruction is non-existent:

Parents are yanking their kids out of the “progressive,” $32,000 per-year private school founded by the Blue Man Group — which has no books and no tests — because their kids are barely learning to read, The Post has learned.

One mother, who is yanking her son at the end of the school year, complained that the school is “unstructured.”

Another parent who dropped her first-grade son off yesterday said he’s not coming back next year — because he’s got nothing to do.

This is a common thread in "progressive" education -- letting kids "discover" what interests them and letting them "discover" how things work. Unfortunately, this doesn't actually work very well when it comes to things like reading and mathematics. To wit: At this school, "School officials say students decide their own curriculum, and have no set arrival time." Yeah, that's terrific preparation for the real world now, ain't it?

In one of my first graduate classes -- a class dedicated to (supposed) classroom management (remarkably, taught by instructors with zero classroom experience) -- this "progressive" approach was highly favored. But in my final paper I spent considerable time refuting much of what had been "taught" in the course. I got an "A" on the paper, but the instructor who read it called much of what I wrote "visceral."

Yeah, well, maybe it was. But I'd rather it be visceral and have kids learn, than feel good about myself and produce a bunch of dopes.

Posted by Hube at June 13, 2012 09:03 AM | TrackBack

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It sounds a lot like the South Harmon Institute of Technology where the bottom-line of being a SHIT-head was to learn whatever it was you wanted to learn like blowing things up with your mind..

If you never saw the movie Accepted you should check it out.

Mike haltman
The Political Commentator

Posted by: Michael Haltman at June 20, 2012 04:52 PM

What, you mean a school for free range children run by performance artists fails to teach any meaningful skills? How could *that* be?

Posted by: Gregory of Yardale at June 21, 2012 08:22 AM

Any parent who throws $32k at a school founded by mimes deserves stupid kids.

Posted by: Scott Kirwin at June 21, 2012 08:25 PM