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Parents who sent kids to progressive ‘no books, no tests’ school founded by cerulean theater troupe shocked kids not learning to read

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By Doug Powers  •  June 14, 2012 02:50 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Today’s offering for subsequent filing under “What did you expect?”

The $32,000 per-year progressive school founded by the Blue Man Group has come under scrutiny by parents, who claim their kids are barely learning to read, the New York Post reports.

The Blue School, a private school located in New York City’s Financial District, has no books and no tests and is facing an exodus of students and teachers.

One mother complained to the Post that the school is “unstructured.” She is pulling her son at the end of the school year, as are the parents of four of her son’s first-grade classmates. Parents also claim that their children are not prepared to take tests and are bored with nothing to do in school.

I had a similar problem after I started sending my kids to Mummenschanz Elementary and then noticing they were seriously lacking in verbal communication skills. What’s up with that?

From the Post’s article:

One mother, who is yanking her son at the end of the school year, complained that the school is “unstructured.”

“It’s true,” she said when asked if her kid was struggling to read.

In all, she added, four of her son’s first-grade classmates are leaving the Financial District institution.

Another parent who dropped her first-grade son off yesterday said he’s not coming back next year — because he’s got nothing to do.

“When a 6-year-old says they’re bored, there’s a problem,” the mother said. “I think they bit off more than they can chew.”
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School officials say students decide their own curriculum, and have no set arrival time. Grades run from kindergarten to third grade. A fourth grade is being added next year.

In other words it sounds as if parents are paying $32,000 a year for prog daycare.

The school’s website says “our mission is to cultivate creative, joyful and compassionate enquirers who use creative and innovative thinking to build a harmonious and sustainable world.” In the school’s defense, their mission statement says nothing about teaching kids how to read, or for that matter imparting on them any other skills that will result in the child becoming anything except possibly an obedient Gorebot.

**Written by Doug Powers

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