The Charter School Movement And Counter Movement Essay

1588 Words Nov 16th, 2016 7 Pages
The social movement phenomenon has long been examined. Scholars have articulated different theories in attempt to try to explain social movements by answering questions the key questions: How? What? Why? I will attempt to do the same. The what in my case is the contemporary on going debate of the Charter School Movement and counter-movement. The why is clear, in that both movements’ goals are to provide opportunities for a quality education. The how question however, is a lot less clear. But through careful examination, I will argue that both the pro-charter school movement and the anti-charter school movement employ rights language advance their own interests. To illustrate this, I will apply the ideas from scholars Hunt and Gramsci, who articulate how rights claims can be used as an effective a strategy to advance social movements.
Before digging in deeper into the how question, it is important to have a clear understanding of the Charter School Movement. The Charter School movement arose from Albert Shanker in 1988. The movement envisioned a new kind of public school where teachers could experiment with fresh and innovative ways of reaching students (Kahlenberg and Potter). And it was created with the intention to provide opportunities to improve the quality of education for students who live in under-resourced communities (Leung, et al.). But from the creation of the movement, a counter-movement also developed. The contention however, isn’t the mission of the movement…

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