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2008-06-18 06:00:26

By Alfie Kohn Charter schools run the gamut from inspiring to wretched. But the whole idea of "publicly funded private schools," as one critic calls them, is unsettling. And the prospect of more charters managed from afar by business-like entities trying to pump up test scores is truly frightening. Sure, it's great to give local educational visionaries a chance to experiment. But we should ask: *Will charters strengthen public education -- or pave the way for vouchers and other...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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