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6 Minutes in Ms. McDonald’s 5th Grade Class in a “No-Excuses” Charter School in Nashville Prep

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NOTE TO READER: I AM SORRY TO SAY THAT SOMEONE–LIKELY, THE SCHOOL–HAS BLOCKED ACCESS TO THIS VIDEO. I VIEWED IT A FEW DAYS AGO, AND FRANKLY, WAS TAKEN ABACK BY SEEING THE STUDENTS’ ROBOTIC RESPONSES TO QUESTIONS ABOUT U.S. HISTORY. EVERYONE MOVED, TURNED, REACTED, AND ANSWERED IN UNISON.

This is a fascinating video. It is “Six Minutes in Ms. McDonald’s Fifth Grade Social Studies Class.”

Ms. McDonald is a teacher in Nashville Prep, a high-scoring charter school in Nashville, Tennessee.

You may have read about it here. The founder, Ravi Gupta, has plans to expand and create a chain. He already has a school in Mississippi.

Were you ever in a social studies class like this one?

No discussion, no debate. Singing and responding in unison.

In the early nineteenth century, children learned geography by singing the names of the continents, the oceans, the highest mountains.

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