Great Hearts responds
We are disappointed by the way in which Teleos Prep is characterized by the author of this article ("Hearts and Minds," Jan. 26). Simply put, Teleos is a fantastic school filled with scholars ... to cast them in any other way does a disservice to the great work that our scholars do on that campus as well as at all of the other Great Hearts schools. Though many Teleos students come to us from low performing feeder schools and are thus below grade level, they have Growth Percentile data that is among the highest in the Great Hearts network. Scholars there are working harder than perhaps many of us ever have ... to gain their "Teleos," to reach their destiny, to become young men and women of great intellect and character. The work to eliminate the Acheivement Gap in the lower school and prepare all students for the rigors of the Great Hearts middle and high school is the most important work we do across all of our academies. A great public school education must be accessible and available to all students.
Dan Scoggin, chief executive officer
Great Hearts Academies
Peter Bezanson, chief academic officer
Great Heart Academies
Great Hearts Academies is one of the most segregated charters out there ("The Charters Are Coming," Feb. 2). A quick look into their schools in Arizona: Seven out of eight show 75-plus [percent] of their student population is white, middle/upper-class suburban. (Great Hearts has one charter in an urban district in Phoenix. It is struggling financially and academically.) Theirs is a model based on segregation. By no accident were they recruited to come to Nashville and asked to put their first charter in the West Nashville area. How is placing a charter school smack dab in the middle of the most wealthy area of Nashville going to affect MNPS? West Nashville residents want a private school on the public dime. Talk about entitlement!
After reading Matt Pulle and Jonathan Meador's piece ("The Charters Are Coming," Feb. 2), I was immediately inspired to reach out to Ravi Gupta as well as rewatch Waiting for "Superman." Ravi's dedication toward keeping students of low-income housing involved with the school should be a blueprint of how all schools should treat the faculty-parent relationship. Schools need social workers in the offices and more avenues for communication between parents and faculty. A few meetings a year is not enough. With free schooling, a parent must invest real time into a student's academic life as a means for paying the school in social wealth, as the school will surely produce responsible adults as long as the support systems are there. I am especially pleased how the article compared the dichotomy between charter schools that cater to low-income areas and charter schools that are trying to be alternative education resources for wealthier students. ...
I am wary about the impact charter schools will have on public schools. If more charter schools can resemble those of Nashville Prep, most parents will want their kids in these charter systems and not in the public schools. I know transportation is an issue, but with some of Mayor Dean's funding, a few buses would not be out of the question, along with increased public transit opportunities. ... A great education is something every student deserves and has an irrefutable right to acquire. This image of the South as an uneducated lot with a few high-end universities and hospitals has to end.
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What's really fucked up about your magazine (and there's a lot of things to say, but the one thing to pinpoint it) is your editing (if there is any....lol.) Your editing sucks! ("The Family That Folks Together," Jan. 12) I don't even think you have any editing. For example, last week's issue........page 46......an article (I mean, if you can call it an "article"! It's more like masturbation without the gratification.....and that really hurts...whoops). Your journalist Edd Hurt (and it does hurt to read, oh so bad!), says "Folk songs were just tunes that anyone could learn and play, but it was the self-conscious pop mythologizing of Bob Dylan...........that brought us to...........today." What the fuck is "SELF-CONSCIOUS POP MYTHOLOGIZING"? Do you know what the fuck he's talking about? I doubt it. Nobody else does either, including him. I don't think Edd Hurt has the slightest idea what the "weird state of folk music today" even means. Is he an expert on folk music? Before you print your next issue, maybe read it first. I know your magazine is free, but that doesn't mean it's supposed to be shit. Tell Edd Hurt to get another job.
In our 12th Annual Country Music Critics Poll (Jan. 26), a comment about Eric Church's "Homeboy" was accidentally attributed to Joe Hudak, when in fact it was written by Anthony Easton. The Scene regrets the error and has corrected it online.
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