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  • Marilyn Jorge-Ortega

    Laywers pick their CLIENTS
    Teachers do NOT get to pick their STUDENTS!

  • lawpirate

    I'm guessing that the 'clients' that he has are highly motivated to participate in their own counsel. Not so much with the elementary student. And I'm guessing that his 'clients' aren't necessarily dependent on someone else to get them to their meeting and get them properly fed and rested before the meeting. Also, not necessarily a highly motivated group. While I do like the idea of a professional salary (shouldn't we be paid that anyway!!!!), the idea of being responsible for Bart Simpson's whole elementary school career isn't really all that appealing. If you really want better teachers, build them from the ground up. Not the top down.

  • A J

    where are these people from?...Who comes up with this stuff?..As a teacher, this idea sounds kinda crazy to me.

  • canoenyak

    I have major reservations about this plan. First, has Id-Din ever taught in an elementary school? Has he surveyed teachers or potential teachers to find out why they would or would not consider teaching? Has he followed the successes and failures of other similar-minded ideas? Has he read research reports on pedagogy and successful school models? Has he researched the one-room schoolhouse model, why it was in existence, and the factors surrounding its successes/failures and ultimate transition to a larger model? Most importantly, has he talked with students, what they want, and why they drop out? Has he tracked drop-outs over a number of years, citing the social, emotional, physical, and economic reasons for their withdrawal from the system? Has he spoken to communities and parents/guardians about their expectations for schooling? This school may do well, but it doesn't mean it will do well in all places under all circumstances. This model also requires an incredible amount of buy-in from parents/guardians, students, and teachers. A law firm model works in a law firm because its been tweaked and tested and is now the accepted norm. There are plenty of schools that work---PLENTY. The question is what works THERE and why.