It’s hard to understand why a charter school that has an impressive record of providing a quality education to disadvantaged Black and Brown students suddenly decides to declare a mea culpa (“Canceling the best charter schools?” New York Daily News, July 21). But that’s what David Levin, co-founder of the Knowledge Is Power Program did recently.
The 242 schools in 20 states serving more than 100,000 students were built on the slogan “Work Hard Be Nice.” But Levin now regrets the slogan as placing a value on “being compliant and submissive.” He does so even though graduates are admitted to more than 200 colleges and universities and go on to successful careers in their chosen fields.
Apparently, Levin for some reason feels guilty for what he has accomplished. Instead, he should be proud for giving students who were shortchanged by traditional public schools a chance for a bright future.
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