Progressives Entrust Their Kids’ Education to Weird, Facepainted Mimes. What Can Go Wrong?
June 13, 2012 - 10:11 am
Oh, just everything.
The Blue School is one big play date in desperate need of adult supervision.
Parents are yanking their kids out of the “progressive,” $32,000 per-year private school founded by the Blue Man Group — which has no books and no tests — because their kids are barely learning to read, The Post has learned.
No books and not tests and the kids aren’t learnin’. Who could have seen that coming? Not the progressives dupes who sent their kids to the Blue School.
Another parent who dropped her first-grade son off yesterday said he’s not coming back next year — because he’s got nothing to do.
“When a 6-year-old says they’re bored, there’s a problem,” the mother said. “I think they bit off more than they can chew.”
Other moms have taken to a popular message board to vent.
“It’s all fun and games until you realize your second-grader can’t read,” a parent wrote on Urbanbaby.com.
Here’s what the prog parents are paying $32,000 in tuition per year for.
The Blue School, founded by members of the theater troupe and their wives as a play group in 2006, got its independent-school charter in 2009.
The school holds an annual fund drive for parents — 72 percent contributed during the most recent one, officials said.
School officials say students decide their own curriculum, and have no set arrival time.
And this may not be atypical of “progressive” schools.
Some experts said parents who choose progressive schools shouldn’t expect to see the same results as they do from a conventional school.
“A majority of my Upper East Side clients, if they took a look down there, their heads would explode,” said education adviser Terri Decker of Smart City Kids. “Literally, their brains would be on the pavement.”