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5 Ways Public Charter Schools Benefit A Diverse Population

Updated on December 18, 2017

Public education has come a long way in its relatively short life, although it continues to be improved. One prime example are charter schools, or publicly funded independent schools, founded by teachers, parents, and other community leaders under terms with a local or national authority. However, recent studies have shown that they are especially beneficial to children from poor families, English-as-a-second-language students, people of color, and other minorities.


1. Teachers Get Not Everyone Has The Same Home Life

Educators understand not all students have the same external resources. Children from wealthier or majority families have more resources than those from a less privileged environment. However, in a charter school setting, these differences are not accentuated and teaching and outside assignments can be tailored to individual student needs.

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2. Teaching Is More Individual

Charter schools maintain the same rigorous standards as traditional schools, in a more individualized setting. Without lowering the educational standards, charter schools throw away the notion "cookie cutter" teaching methods, allowing students to learn more at their own pace and fully grasp the concept.

3. More Accountability

Not being directly government-mandated, charter schools hold more personal accountability. Unlike traditional public schools who can often pass their failures back up the bureaucracy ladder, charter schools depend on the success rates of their students to maintain funding and enrollment.

4. Smaller Class Sizes Facilitate Learning

Charter schools often boast smaller class sizes due to the admissions process. English-as-a-second-language students, as well as other minority students who make come from an under-educated background, will often need special attention that the conventional setting may not be able to offer.

Charter schools allow greater flexibility in teaching.
Charter schools allow greater flexibility in teaching. | Source

5. Teachers Have More Choice

Students, parents, and the school operators themselves have more choice in the curriculum. A feeling of submission often looms over the traditional classroom setting while trying to teach according to their standards, focusing on compliance rather than what they should - academic excellence.

For example, in a charter school, if a teacher recognizes that a class is struggling with a topic, he has the opportunity to hone in on problem areas.

What are your experiences in charter schools? Do you feel like they are more beneficial to a diverse population or do they inhibit learning potential?

© 2017 Katleigh Merrier


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