The students of the Blue School in lower Manhattan are feeling blue over the lack of literacy and actual learning that goes on in the school, Business Insider reports, causing a number of parents to pull out their children.
The school, founded by the music entertainment Blue Man Group and their wives, is designed as a “progressive” alternative to mainstream education. According to the website, the school aims to create lifelong learners on the “journey” that is education.
Parents and students, however, say the goal isn’t being met.
The $32,000 a year school may be creating learners and cultivating “creative, joyful and compassionate inquirers,” but it seems that they are forgetting the fundamentals of education.
“It’s all fun and games until you realize that your second-grader can’t read,” one parent told The New York Post.
The school has no books and no tests. “You’ve got to give kids some experience with testing,” the interim head of school admitted to the New York Post.
The Post reported that according to some experts, “parents who choose progressive schools shouldn’t expect to see the same results as they do from a conventional school.”
Teachers are leaving at an alarming rate as well, with eight already gone this year. The school is looking into its current rate of attrition to see ways they can make improvements moving forward.
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