Melissa Harris-Perry | September 23, 2012
>>> reaction to the debate we've been having on school choice . we asked you to send tweets using the #nerdland. from we have one that said i go to a pretty advanced school and thinks she gets the same education. profit tearing public schools are handcuffed. charters come in, remove the cuffs, claim success. filter the students.
>>> i'm here with richard from queens. he has a question about alternative curriculum. about school choice in regards to schools that think outside of the box .
>> yes. i wanted to know, for students who do more open-minded thinking rather than recitation from textbooks, will we be seeing better implementation of free thought in our schools instead of just reading what's on a paper and telling you to recite it over and over again?
>> in this whole debate on charter schools or voucher schools, we're for getting there's incredibly creative programs in our public schools that didn't mean people had to shut it down and reopen it. we're doing things in my home state, there was a high school that said we're going to be a magnet school for finance as a prep school for kids going into that field. at oyster school in d.c., a public school that's not a private charter. they have a bilingual program not only to teach english language learners english, to each english students who want to be bilingual in spanish. reaching out to a community saying what do you want special for your kids. literature programs, not just things geared to a test. people want teachers to care about what students care about. to make it relevant to them. and that's happening all over in public schools .
>> thank you, lily. thanks to our panel. jonathan alter , did he rel bradford, lily he is kel son and julian vasquez high leg. we'll hear more from you in the room and introduce the student panel. everyone grab your clickers. we want your response to this question? what is your primary focus of your education. toa, learn how to learn. to get into college, c, to prepare for a yob job or d, to learn how to be a citizen. the results for the town hall for this special edition