Charter schools, which are publicly financed but independently run, were conceived as a way to improve academic performance. But for immigrant families, they have also become havens where their children are shielded from the American youth culture that pervades large district schools.
â€œThe good news is that immigrant kids are learning English better and faster than ever before in U.S. history,â€ said Marcelo M. SuÃ¡rez-Orozco, the co-director of immigration studies at New York University and co-author of â€œLearning a New Land â€” Immigrant Students in American Societyâ€ (Harvard Press, 2008). â€œBut theyâ€™re assimilating to a society that parents see as very threatening and frightening. Itâ€™s anti-authority, anti-studying. Itâ€™s materialistic.â€
The over-politicized, dumbed-down school system now supports lowest common denominator behavior. It does provide NVA-style “civic education” however. So parents of all types are fleeing it because it is both dysfunctional and bad mental reprogramming.