字幕列表 影片播放 列印英文字幕 Going to school in New Orleans in the early 2000s was dismal, with only one in four children scoring at their standard grade level. The City School Board was so corrupt that the FBI started an investigation and eventually put its president and 30 others into jail. On top of this almost all of the teachers were organized in unions. This ensured that even the worst teachers kept their job for life. Idealistic educators and politicians tried to change the system but their efforts were blocked by those in charge who did everything possible to keep things as they were. Then things got worse. In 2005 Katrina, a massive hurricane, struck the city and destroyed virtually everything including all schools. As a result, everyone left the city. Kids stopped going to school. The school board lost all of its funding and the teachers lost their jobs leading to unions losing all of their members. It was a true disaster for everyone. In the aftermath of Katrina politicians, bureaucrats and educators saw an opportunity to finally bring change upon a system that had previously failed so many kids in such a miserable way. Under the leadership of governor Kathleen Blanco it was concluded that while they didn't know the best solution they did know that the system had to be created using trial and error and experimentation. They had an idea: Instead of running a top-down system of state schools, their idea was to allow independent charter schools to take over. Charters are schools that are fully state-funded, free of charge and run by independent entrepreneurs who follow their mission. Charter schools hire their own teachers and set up their own curriculums. They often even build their own facilities and then compete with one another to attract new students. As a result of this bold effort to reform a lot of philanthropists and nonprofit organizations invested into New Orleans education and hundreds of charter schools opened up. Parents and their children suddenly had a lot of choices in picking schools aligned with their ideas regarding quality education. The schools that didn't attract enough children closed down again. in 2019, 15 years later, almost half of all students performed at grade level. High school graduation rates increased and college outcomes became significantly better. New Orleans had become the first large American city that does not operate a single traditional public school. The story of New Orleans schools shows what is possible when old structures break down and people have no choice but to leave a damaged system. Good people who were stuck in a bad system then get an opportunity to start fresh. Parents and children have the opportunity to choose for themselves the type of schools that they believe in. How are the schools organized in your country? Do you think that a reform of that system would benefit the students? If so, what change would you propose? Since I started learning French with Lingoda my language skills have improved strongly. I meet with a different class every evening and each class emphasizes a different learning aspect. In this way I cover grammar, vocabulary, speaking and reading skills in a super fun way with other students and great teachers! If you sign up for the Lingoda language sprint you can get up to 100% cashback. Sign up before March 24th and deposit 49 euros to secure your spot in the sprint that starts April 8, 2020. There are two sprint options that you can choose: Sprint and Super Sprint. If you want to learn the basics of another language like English, German, French, Spanish or Business English, or if you want to freshen up your abilities: join the Sprint! it means that you will attend 15 classes per month over a period of three months. If you do that Lingoda will pay you a 50% refund for your registration and course fee. If you want to become a master in another language in only three months join the super sprint and attend 30 classes each month. After that, not only will you have gained great skills in a new language, you will also get 100% refunds for all of your fees! Plus, with the Super Sprint, you will be able to take the Cambridge online test for English and Business English for free! Click on the link to our website in the video description and type in the voucher code "JOIN102". You'll get a 10 Euro discount on your deposit. If you like this video and the way we explain the subject subscribe to our channel. We try to explain complex subjects in simple language and cartoons to support students all around the world in their learning, if you want to support us you can go to www.patreon.com/sprouts and donate. just $1 from many fans makes a big difference!