Rarely a week goes by without news about the admittedly impressive results of Success Academy (“Why Success Academy is making remote learning work as regular schools flail,” New York Post, May 18). The latest involves its smooth transition to online learning. But Success Academy consistently outperforms traditional public schools in other areas as well. For example, more than 80 percent of its students were proficient in math. This compares with only one-third of students of their peers.
Why should anyone be surprised? Success Academy demands serious parental commitment. Parents must read nighty with their children, update reading logs, check homework, drill sight words and math facts, as well as maintain frequent contact with their children’s teachers. Traditional public schools cannot deny admission if parents do not agree to do all of these things. By law, they must admit all who show up at their door regardless of motivation and ability.
I submit that if traditional public schools were allowed to operate under the same set of rules, there would be little, if any, difference in outcomes. In other words, the playing field is heavily tilted in favor of Success Academy.
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