Charter Schools and Their Enemies | Thomas Sowell’s New Book

Larry Elder Interviews the Great Economist and thinker, Thomas Sowell. Larry asks Sowell about Biden, the Black Lives Matter Movement, the Coronavirus Shutdown, baseball, and more… Sowell just released his new book on Charter Schools and the education system, “Charter Schools and Their Enemies” (Interview Date 7-1-2020)

The day before this show was recorded, Dr. Thomas Sowell began his 10th decade of life. Remarkably on one hand and yet completely expected on the other, he remains as engaged, analytical, and thoughtful as ever. In this interview (one of roughly a dozen or so we’ve conducted with Dr. Sowell over the years), we delve into his new book Charter Schools and Their Enemies, a sobering look at the academic success of charter schools in New York City, and the fierce battles waged by teachers unions and progressive politicians to curtail them. Dr. Sowell’s conclusion is equally thought provoking: If the opponents of charter schools succeed, the biggest losers will be poor minority children for whom a quality education is the best chance for a better life.

Dennis Prager had Thomas Sowell on his show to discuss Doc Sowell’s new book, “Charter Schools and Their Enemies”. The publisher mentions this about the book:

  • The black-white educational achievement gap — so much discussed for so many years — has already been closed by black students attending New York City’s charter schools. This might be expected to be welcome news. But it has been very unwelcome news in traditional public schools whose students are transferring to charter schools. A backlash against charter schools has been led by teachers unions, politicians and others — not only in New York but across the country. If those attacks succeed, the biggest losers will be minority youngsters for whom a quality education is their biggest chance for a better life. 

10 Reasons Why Blacks Should Leave the Democratic Party

Does the Democratic Party represent the interests of black Americans? Larry Elder gives 10 reasons why blacks might consider leaving the Democratic Party.

10. School Choice
9. Social Security
8. Race-Based Preferences for Diversity
7. War on Poverty (Welfare State)
6. Illegal Immigration
5. Hostility Towards Police
4. Job Killing Regulations
3. The Great Recession (Housing Crisis)
2. Playing the Race Card for Votes
1. Pro-Abortion

Democrats Want To End ALL Charter/Private Schools

With Democratic primary candidate Senator Bernie Sanders pledging to end all private charter schools in the United States, Larry looks at just how effective charter school and voucher programs are in this country, especially for minority community members. He also points out a certain former president who derided charter schools but spent his entire education in elite private institutions.

School Reformer, Author, and Principle-Dr. Steve Perry, Is Interviewed In Regards to the Chicago Teachers Strike

From video description:

Michael Medved interviews principle and author of, Push Has Come to Shove: Getting Our Kids the Education They Deserve–Even If It Means Picking a Fight, Dr. Steve Perry. (Posted by: Religio-Political Talk) Topics discussed are, what exactly the strike is over, some of the particulars in the matter, what true reform is, with of course the ineffable commentary by Medved. Jay Carney, White House Spokes-Person, even makes a cameo appearance.

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Heard About This charter School on Hugh Hewitt Yesterday

The following charter school is the kind talked about in WAITING FOR SUPERMAN

(Wiki) As a charter school Veritas Prep offers a Great Books education centering around fundamental texts in the Western pantheon. Veritas Prep’s philosophy includes small class size (no classroom has more than 22 students) and education using the Socratic method.

As a public school in the state of Arizona, Veritas Preparatory Academy has no entrance requirements. Interested families must apply for the school’s annual admissions lottery, which takes place in the spring of each school year. However, if a family has one child enrolled, any other children automatically receive a spot. Software designed by alumnus Joseph Irvine is used to perform these lotteries randomly. Because the academy is a charter school, it has the right to cap its enrollment. An addition in the 2010-2011 school year is one class of sixth grade.

Veritas Preparatory Academy offers few choices in its academic curriculum. 9-12th grade students may choose to study Latin/Greek, French, or Spanish. The rest of the curriculum is fixed. Students at Veritas Prep exceed all requirements for students graduating from the state of Arizona.

Veritas Preparatory Academy has recently added a 6th grade to their school.

  • 7th grade:
    • English Literature and Composition (readings include Shane, A Wind in the Willows, Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Tales of the Greek Heroes, The Miracle Worker, stories by Edgar Allan Poe, and A Christmas Carol)
    • Pre-Algebra
    • Life Science (plants & fungi, single-cell & multi-cell animals)
    • Ancient History (Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel, Greece, and Rome)
    • Music (including an introduction to theory, note-reading, and soprano recorder performance)
    • Latin I
    • Studio Art I (basic composition and drawing techniques)
  • 8th grade:
    • English Literature and Composition (Readings include Beowulf, The Chosen, The Lord of the Flies, The Hobbit, To Kill a Mockingbird, selections from Canterbury Tales, Legends of King Arthur, and selections from American poetry)
    • Algebra I
    • Earth Science (geology, geography, meteorology, astronomy)
    • Medieval History (England, France, the Holy Roman Empire, Islamic Civilization, the Byzantine Empire, the Crusades, the Christian Church; The Song of Roland is read)
  • Music (including more music theory and recorder ensemble performance involving soprano, alto, and tenor instruments)
    • Latin II
    • Studio Art II (including color theory and painting)
  • 9th grade:
    • Humane Letters: The American Tradition (Readings include the US Constitution and The Federalist Papers, Democracy in America, Thoreau, Frederick Douglass’s autobiography, Huckleberry Finn, My Antonia, The Old Man and the Sea, and The Great Gatsby)
    • Geometry
    • Biology
    • Music (including composition and choral performance)
    • Poetry Composition
    • Modern Language I or Latin III
  • 10th grade:
    • Humane Letters: The Rise of Modern Europe (Readings include Locke’s Second Treatise, Rousseau’s Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities, Shakespeare’s Henry V, Marx’s The Communist Manifesto, Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, and Solzhenitsyn’s One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch)
    • Algebra II
    • Physics I : Mechanics
    • Music
    • Poetry Composition
    • Modern Language II or Latin IV
  • 11th grade:
    • Humane Letters: Ancient Greece (Readings include the Iliad and Odyssey, Sophocles, Thucydides, Plato’s Republic and selected dialogues, Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, and selections from the Hebrew Bible)
    • Pre-Calculus/Calculus A
    • Physics II: Electromagnetism, Thermodynamics, Wave Motion
    • Drama
    • Art
    • Modern Language II or Ancient Greek I
  • 12th grade:
    • Humane Letters: Western Thought from the Middle Ages to Modernity (Readings include the Aeneid, Augustine’s Confessions, selections from the New Testament, Macbeth and King Lear, Dante’s Divine Comedy, Don Quixote, Machiavelli, Descartes’s Meditations on First Philosophy, and Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov)
    • Calculus B,C
    • Chemistry
    • Drama
    • Art
    • Modern Language IV or Ancient Greek II
    • Senior Thesis