Children in KIPP schools toe the line. The schools are interesting because they are so often cited as one of the most successful charter school chains for students from low income, minority families. Students are recruited from urban schools–some of which have major discipline problems. KIPP takes these problems head on. They have high expectations for learning and behavior. Of course, they have high suspension and attrition rates as well.
The article in this month’s Atlantic reports how KIPP discipline practices are evolving. Can they realistically move from a no-nonsense approach to a more moderate but equally successful experience for more students? Or, is this educational approach only for those who can survive?