Spokane International Academy proposed a K-8 school. The school will have a strong internationally recognized curriculum; all students will learn English as well as a second language. The students also will partner with community organizations to give students service learning opportunities, according to the charter’s application. At the end of eighth grade, students will be taken on a teacher-led educational excursion. Franklin hopes to engage low-income children as well as the refugee population, he said.Pulling in refugees is good. Public schools in America were originally designed to assimilate the heavy load of Euro refugees in 1910. But this school appears to be aimed in the other direction. Disassimilate the refugees and train low-income Americans to be community organizers and internationalists. I don't see anything about job training or job readiness, which are the only proper justifications for a public school. Maybe it's there, but it's not in the announcement.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.