Most public schools in the United States have similar problems. Overcrowding, students who do not want to learn, a drug problem, violence in the classrooms and a high percentage of students that leave the schools not being able to read or write to the level they should.
Charter schools like Success Academy schools in New York City are working to address these problems, and to try to prevent their students from suffering the same. In all respects, Success Academy has succeeded magnificently, with none of the schools in the Success Academy network being plagued with the problems of a typical public school.
How did they prevent that from happening? It all boils down to a unique approach to educating students.
Education should be interesting and fun— Many of the typical public school problems in America stem from an out-dated education system, and an insistence on teaching students by formal instruction.
The vast majority of public school students find this approach to be dull and boring, so they rebel. They stop paying attention in class, they arrive late or leave early, or they just do not come at all. If they do, they are often a discipline problem.
Success Academy founder Eva Moskowitz knew this, so she decided Success Academy school students would be taught a different way. With hands-on projects, little formal instruction, an emphasis on teaching critical thinking skills and making learning fun.
The result? Over 11,000 students currently in Success Academy schools, and the vast majority hard working and learning as much as they can.
Discipline also factors in — Of course, it is not just making learning fun that has allowed Success Academy to thrive.
The charter network also makes sure its students adhere to a strict code of conduct, arrive on time, wear the correct clothes, work hard, treat people well and enjoy what they are doing.
Needless to say, as this code of conduct is strictly monitored, students tend to follow it. This gives them structure in their daily lives, and a code of behaving well that they can follow for the rest of their lives.