To each his own DRAF

To each his own DRAF - Lauren Miller English 102 February...

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Lauren Miller English 102 February 7, 2008 Ms. Zeleike Charter or Public, Is Either One Worth It? A charter school is a publicly funded elementary or secondary schools in the United States that have been freed from some of the rules, regulations, and statutes that apply to other public schools, in exchange for some type of accountability for producing certain results, which are set forth in each school's charter . Their founders are often teachers, parents, or activists who feel restricted by traditional public schools . Published April 8, 2001, Marc Fisher writes an essay in the Washington Post comparing Washington D .C. public schools to D.C. charter schools. Fisher tries to show that although the test scores and the two schools are the same, the teachers and the experience at the charter schools is much greater since you are not limited to what you can do in the classroom . D.C. public schools are not known for their spectacular students or great facilities. In fact it’s quite the opposite, so some parents choose to send them to charter schools thinking it will be a better education for their child. Fisher sets out to find out for the parents if their school choice is a good one . He uses real life examples and quotes from real teachers in the system to sway the readers . The context this piece was written in was that it was published in an issue of the Washington Post that “focused on education: it included articles on choosing a college, for profit schools, adult education and potential curricular reforms for primary grades” (Selzer 42). He
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writes a column three times a week for the Metro section of the Post. There has been a recent surge in the development of charter schools in the inner city of D.C. and people are wondering if they are worth the while. Charter schools remain a subject of debate across the country whether they are useful or not. There was no real reason for him writing this except it was his job, Fisher didn’t feel a certain pull one way or the other in his past that forced him to write this, but his opinion does show in the piece whether he means to or not. Marc Fisher is writing to a few different audiences. First off, it is for people who live in the inner city and are considering sending their kids to these charter schools. They can ask themselves, are these schools really that much better then public schools? Is it really worth it to send my child to a charter school? The kids of these parents can read the article also and decide
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