The Knowledge Is Power Program is a remarkably effective charter school program which, like many other charter school program, has been slimed and smeared by defenders of a completely unacceptable education status quo. But, as Adam Ozimek points out, any fair-minded examination of the program should lead observers to be impressed with how effective KIPP is.
Of course, the same goes for a lot of other charter school programs, which means that instead of libeling and slandering charter schools, traditional public school systems should try to find ways to emulate charter school success. Unfortunately, there is no evidence that defenders of the public schools status quo are willing to admit that their dim view of many charter school systems is in error, or are willing to re-examine their own policies. And as usual, students and families will pay the price for the status quo defenders’ lack of vision.