We speak with Dr. Joanne Golann of Vanderbilt University, author of “Scripting the Moves: Culture and Control in a No Excuses Charter School.” Corporate-run charter networks instill obedience and conformity above all else, leaving nothing to chance (or creativity). We look at the academic and social outcomes of “no excuses” schools, and the reasons for their lavish funding.
00:51-03:35 “No excuses” charter schools: what they are; what they do well; what they do poorly or not at all
03:35-05:35 Scripts for students and teachers and why these schools rely on them
05:35-07:05 Impact of scripts on students
07:05- 09:34 Teachers’ reactions; turnover rates
09:34-12:34 How students do after graduation
12:34-14:04 Selection process and its effects
14:04-15:23 Student attrition rates
15:23-17:43 “No excuses” results in schools without selection processes
17:43-18:48 Seen as a niche or solution to the system as a whole?
18:48-20:38 Impact of district public schools in their area
20:38-21:42 Types of citizenship skills that are developed and not developed
21:42-22:54 Individual-focused approach to equity
22:54-24:17 Parents’ roles
24:17-25:57 Relationships with communities
25:57-27:32 Difficulties in attempts to change “no excuses” culture in aftermath of George Floyd’s murder
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- Scripting the Moves book page at Princeton University Press
- Book review from Washington Post
- “Why are no-excuses schools moving beyond no excuses?” – Opinion piece from Hechinger Report
- “I spent a year and a half at a ‘no-excuses’ charter school – this is what I saw” – Opinion piece from the Conversation
- Joanne Gollan’s personal website
Soundtrack by Poddington Bear