Sample Article Review Paper on “Choice is a Panacea”, Chubb John and Moe Terry

In this article “Choice is a Panacea”, Chubb John and Moe Terry dissect the idea behind best and worst times of public schools in the United States. The state has been on the front in criticizing the inability of public schools to fulfill the educational needs. On the contrary, the government has not examined problems experienced in public schools and failed to avail the necessary infrastructure. The article outlines the inability of government to understand the dynamics that determine performance of students (Chubb and Moe 5). In most cases, performance of school is determined by aptitude ability of students and family background. Chubb and Moe mention that a good school is characterized by strong leadership, clear strategic goals, strong learning programs, and professionalism (6). This is not the case with public schools that suffer from bureaucracy and interference by politicians. Public heads find it difficult to implement sound policies and programs.

In my view, public schools have not met expectations set by the state and parents. I agree with views of the authors that it takes concerted efforts of all educational stakeholders to uplift a public school to reach the level expected. I remember my days in schools when we were denied essential services for lack of necessary facilities. For instance, our teachers were denied the opportunities to undergo pedagogy training to improve their teaching skills. In my view, such luxuries are only available in private schools where stakeholders are more concerned with quality education. I also agree with the article in relation to availing requisite funding to public schools to resolve some of the problems currently witnessed. During my days in school, parents had to support some academic programs such as teacher motivation. I can remember how motivated teachers gave a personal approach in assisting academically weak students. Therefore, I concur with the proposal of the authors that government need to examine bureaucracy that is crippling public schools.

In this chapter Kristen Buras evaluates the formation of education guidelines in New Orleans while examining factors like racial, economic, and spatial dynamic responsible for the reconstruction of the education sector since 2005. The state of education has gone through periods of mobilization and negotiation. Buras discusses the impact of education entrepreneurs who have consistently engaged in numerous invasions of charter schools with the intension to bolster local economies occupied by wealthy individuals and serve race interests (297).  Moreover, the accumulation of dispossession has been a challenge because it ignores the role played by teachers, students and parents within charter schools. Originally, charter schools were expected to give opportunities to local minority communities. The black communities have considerably been assaulted in numerous ways. Parents are turned away on the basis that schools are not offering certain services. As well, some students are turned away because they have undesirable grades. The race and class dynamics have come into play and affected the process of reconstruction as decisions are made by powerful people within federal and state levels.

The article by Kristen Buras reminds me of days in school when all the people that served within the school were known people from the neighborhood. It was such a good experience to have been offered my school of choice. I agree with the author that in the spirit of reconstruction, parents need to be provided with adequate information to examine and select a school of choice. In my days at school, parents were at liberty to decide which documents to present for admission. It was encouraging especially for black communities who at the time had difficulties finding schools of choice. I also concur with the author on the assertion that veteran teachers with extensive teaching experience were instrumental in supporting growth of schools. In view of this, during my days in school I was privileged to have been taught by a veteran teacher.


Works Cited

Buras, Kristen. “Race, Charter Schools, and Conscious Capitalism: On the Spatial Politics of

Whiteness as Property (and the Unconscionable Assault on Black New Orleans)”. Harvard Educational Review Vol. 81 No. 2, 2011.

Chubb, John and Moe, Terry. “America’s Public Schools: Choice Is a Panacea”. The Brookings

            Review, 8:3, 1990. I/INFORM Collection.