Debating New Charter Schools, Their Policies and Their Effects

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On an evening in late October, several hundred parents crowded into a Temple Beth-El auditorium near downtown San Antonio to learn about a new school opening next fall.

They were told of a campus culture that makes the cultivation of “wisdom and virtue” a top priority, instead of standardized test scores, but still sends most students to top colleges and universities. There would be a strict uniform policy and an atmosphere in which parents could feel safe dropping off their children for the day.

During a roughly 90-minute presentation that name-dropped Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, Herodotus, John Locke and Dostoyevsky, the parents heard about a liberal arts curriculum steeped heavily in the Western classical canon that tackled the “primordial human questions,” nourishing intellect and character. Continue Reading