By John Ostapkovich
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A former New York City teacher is out with a no-holds-barred memoir/slash/manifesto about what ails public schools.READ MORE: Arson Suspect Arrested In Connection To Fire, Building Collapse That Killed Philadelphia Fire Lt. Sean Williamson
Laurel Sturt says most education reform, from charter schools to Common Core, is part of a massive bait and switch that bilks taxpayers and short-changes students. She says she started thinking about writing her book Davonte’s Inferno: Ten Years in the New York Public School Gulag, during her first week. Now, she says education and poverty remediation are intertwined for inner-city students.
“They come to school with behavioral problems and cognitive problems,” she says, “and the stress of their lives literally rewires their brains so that they have less short-term working memory than kids who come from a different socio-economic background.”
Sturt says a real investment in education also includes parenting lessons and job-training for the adults as well as pre-K for the kids.READ MORE: Signs, Strike Pay Signup As Union Representing Atlantic City Casino Workers Readies For Casino Walkout
Expensive? Yes, but she argues it’s probably cheaper than the potential outcome of not doing it, incarceration.
Sturt says Philadelphia public school students have been short-changed even more than New York’s in terms of funding.
She says poverty intervention is probably cheaper than more prisons.MORE NEWS: Fourth Of July Firework Prices Skyrocketing Amid Inflation, Supply Shortage