06 10 / 2013
But Tilson reiterates again in his presentation and follow-up remarks that his assessment here isn’t a condemnation of all charter schools or all online education, whether they be for-profit or not-for-profit. K12, he insists, is not representative of the rest of the education reform movement.
And yet K12 has positioned itself as such – as a leader in ed-tech and as a leader in education reform. And as a leader – self-appointed, maybe, but largely unchallenged by education reformers – K12’s failure to offer a quality education to 100,000 some-odd students enrolled in its schools has exposed a great weakness in that very movement: the hypocrisy of those who are quick to condemn failing public brick-and-mortars but ignore failing online charters.