Charter Schools: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Charter schools are privately run, publicly funded, and irregularly regulated. John Oliver explores why they aren’t at all like pizzerias.

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Author darwincity ( ago)
Eh, the first grand-scale experiment with those schools was made in Sweden in the 1990's, with a mix of charter/voucher schools. Increased PISA scores on the short term, and then progressively regressed with the times. However, the Swedish state got to spend less on education at the primary and secondary level, and was able to cut taxes.

Author dgman smile ( ago)
charter school close... but if they were a bad public school they would not go out of business and keep on providing bad education

Author Raimer ( ago)
It's true. That is the motto on Nevada state license plates

Author Les Nagy ( ago)
Crazy State of affairs

Author psychokitty444 ( ago)
I attended a charter school and I'm tremendously proud of my time there, but thank you for this.

Author James DeWees ( ago)
My charter school is complete bullshit, I hate going to it

Author Tonii Ludwig ( ago)
wow Americas school system is fucked up...

Author Harrison Rutledge ( ago)
Fuck Charter Schools. The USA is fucked. Enjoy people lol.

Author Hybrid Spektar ( ago)
Then just send your kid to a public school.

Author Sebastian Villagomez ( ago)
This is the first video I've seen Pitbull without glasses... weird

Author Frost ( ago)
Putting profit ahead of quality is a growing problem for American consumers.

Author Piat Piat ( ago)
love one another and John Oliver

Author Piat Piat ( ago)
we're better than this

Author Piat Piat ( ago)
we should not mock each other. tearing down someone else reflects the insecurity of one's self

Author Jordan Pedersen ( ago)
I spent my 8th and 9th grade years at an arts charter school in Toledo, OH. It was a good experience, but they focused far too much on the arts and failed to teach students the important skills they needed in college or outside of school. I had to in home teach some college age friends the basics of writing a proper essay because the arts school failed to do so while even the failing public schools could manage to teach such. (May I emphasize this was a failure of the curriculum not of the teachers- they were some of the best teachers I had in middle and high school.)

Author Claire Zimmerman ( ago)
"It's a little hard to hear the man who just defunded Planned Parenthood talk about the importance of choice." DEAD

Author C X ( ago)
I go to a A charter school and I just search every single question it is online it is on quiz let and brainly Least to say I will graduate thanks to Google

Author MsHeatherBusby ( ago)
John Oliver, really? the threesome joke with the children? Nice job taking a representation of being a good mom and putting your children before any personal gain OUT OF CONTEXT, and turning it into something repulsive. Your speaking about education while doing something that us teachers despise - taking information out of context for your own personal gain. You're an idiot.

Author Shotgun Matt ( ago)
Really good segment. I didn't know about this until now. I graduated from a charter school but only because I was getting pushed by my recruiter to do so. All the other days I didn't even fucking show. Charter schools are pretty Shitty, no one cares in them...

Author Abe Rdz ( ago)
Very impressive. People think they get a choice. What crap they don't pay attention to.

Author isaiah veirs ( ago)
did you just shit on papajohn? papas in the house brah gtfo jk luv you jon. fuck everyone else though you monsters.

Author Finn Breuner ( ago)
But I go to a charter school in Nevada... don't leave me hanging like this!

Author Anna Kristelova ( ago)
I think this man could make me believe that the earth is flat.Dont you??

Author Asaph Njoroge ( ago)
Actually, Harambee is not at all misspelled. Whereas the joke refers to the Cincinati Zoo and Botanical Gardens gorilla whose name was Harambe, Harambee is a Swahili word whose meaning translates into "coming together", or literally, "all pull together". IMHO, it shows poor taste misrepresenting the meaning of the word and by extension misinforming the audience for the express purpose of making a punchline out of their misconduct, as deserved as the dis may be. Love the show though...

Author Reno Bailey ( ago)
I have friends that go to charter schools and they are way behind our public schools it's sad

Author Matthew Brown ( ago)
Just watch Thomas Sowell or Jason L Riley, then see how you feel about charter schools

Author Gi-Gi Saint ( ago)
doesn't surprise me that the leader of a charter school stole money because the senior gift from my school never showed up and no one knows where the money went either and I graduated in 2010

Author Jessica Nguyen ( ago)
Fuck charter schools. My cousin attends one, and from what I can tell, the education there is minimal and lacking. Of course, I live in Texas, and perhaps charter schools are better elsewhere, but still: fuck charter schools

Author Captain Jules ( ago)
I go to a charter school. It's really cool.

Author Rob Siciliano ( ago)
Sounds like a lot of "take the money and run," biznose. Actually, take my tax money and run. Take everyone else's tax money and run? Smh. Aren't these biznoses going to end up being just as regulated as public schools? Reinvention of the wheel?

Maybe we could just do something about public schools. Has John Oliver done any segments about public schools?

Author tifforo1 ( ago)
This needs an update now that divorce has been confirmed and the representative from Iowa has introduced a voucher bill.

Author GizmoMaltese ( ago)
The problem is many public schools are horrible too--especially those in poor neighborhoods.

Author Erik Kennedy ( ago)
Im not sure youve had ohio chilli if you think the philly cheesesteak is the worst regional delicacy

Author Shane Doe ( ago)
I agree totally. Cheese-Whiz has no business on a steak sandwich.

Author Brodie McCarthy ( ago)
As someone who has actually gone to a BASIS Charter School, not all charter schools are bad but definitly there are some that are

Author WuFFY Oupol ( ago)
"Rigorously screen before opening to ensure it is financially/educationally sound."

"you mean FASCISM? we dont fucking regulate things and ensure the children will benefit around here sonny. thats big government!"

Author Aqua Kitty ( ago)
What is a charter school?

Author Dang Nabbit ( ago)
Republicans want charter schools so they will continue to produce more future Republicans. Trump said it best, "god I love the uneducated people".

Author sirius4k ( ago)
And Betsy DeVos wants to terminate public schools and go on with charter and online schools. lol. May the Trump The Almighty Godking Dictator have mercy on your uneducated souls.

Author Gamer Temrol ( ago)
that e in charter is driving me up the fucking wall

Author kilroy987 ( ago)
You might think that a public funded private school might have more critical thought happening.  But I guess some people think that getting public funding for something private means easy street for them.  There is a sense of living up to your worth that is more than relevant here.  I fail to see where that never applies.  Isn't there a set of standards somewhere that can be applied regularly, facilitated by someone, anyone, who can work with the school cooperatively as a check and balance, rather than just slam the school shut when an audit reveals their misuse of funding?  I agree this clip didn't talk about charter schools that work, and those I applaud, as long as they are meeting those standards.

Author Payton pitstick ( ago)
When he said that it's funny to hear a person who defunded planned parenthood talk about choice, I truely laughed so hard my stomach hurt

Author stogucheme ( ago)
I fully agree with what you said. However, I got really lucky. I lived in a rural area, and the best school available was an online charter. It was great! So it does work in some cases.

Author I have an addiction Youtube ( ago)
I can live with everything else you said, but don't you dare make fun of my cheese stake

Author Sumaiya A. ( ago)
What is this John Oliver? Why are you videos not available in Canada ? please change this.

Author Alex Cuellar ( ago)
Betsy Devos

Author sea turtlé ( ago)
dam the harambe meme was alive in this comment section

Author Alex S ( ago)
I've gone to Charter schools my whole life and I can confirm, one of them has been shut down because of lack of space. And then they built a new, bigger school, we still don't have enough space, but hey, who needs sex ed or a library, apparently not my school.

Author Amaryllis ( ago)
Non-charter public schools for the win!

Author Cameron Goode ( ago)
What is it with Kasich and food analogies!

Author DiamondAxeStudios ( ago)
5:12 Well, somebody's clearly never watched The Magic School Bus before...

Author PhantomVirus ( ago)
I've been in a charter school for 9 years, honestly I haven't noticed anything wrong. Since I've never been to a public school, I'm not certain, but from what I've heard public schools are much worse. There is more school drama, bullying, and the classes are worse. Also, my school teaches Spanish at such a level so that when my friend moved to a public school in 7th grade she had to take high school Spanish classes

Author James Wagner ( ago)
I went to a Charter Academy in Idaho. Aside from 5-6 hours of homework daily, it really did help me advance at an earlier age than my public school counter parts. In 7th grade we were reading Greek tragedies, The Odyssey, The Iliad, and learning Latin was a requirement. True story: when we were made fun of (uniforms, nerds, etc), a rhyme was developed: That's alright, that's ok, you're gonna pump our gas some day! Oh... misspent youth developed in a competitive society...

Author Charley Bein ( ago)
Hey, man, as a native Pennsyvanian, fuck this state, but don't you talk shit about our big cracked bell that can't ring!

Author SheerSniper7 ( ago)
Why do they allow swears on the show but sensor them on youtube?

Author PhazonSpaceSystems ( ago)
Pennsylvania has the worst football fans? I though Alabama did?

Author Razorgeist ( ago)
Well John stop getting your cheesesteaks with cheeze whiz get provalone or american like most people in Philly.

Author jak8316 ( ago)
I'm ashamed of my state Ohio

Author JVIPER88 ( ago)
Charter schools are a scam. The results are no better than public school, administrators get rich off of tax money, and all the while, public schools get dragged down.

If ANY Charter school is to be accepted and be successful, it has to have the same oversight as the public schools, and the Charter school has to demonstrate what is different about it's education techniques that would make it a viable alternative. If they can't accept those two parameters, it's a scam.

Author Movie Fan ( ago)
To be fair

Author Kimberly ( ago)
Honestly. As someone from the Philadelphia area, you think the charter schools are bad, you should see most of their public schools.

Author Eli Acevedo ( ago)
I am sure there are good charter schools. I happened to have worked for one of the worst. Little oversight and the students suffered.

Author PatrickTube ( ago)
My dog just died can I get 50 likes

Author Daryl Dancy Jr ( ago)
Came back to watch this with Betsy DeVos in office now. scary now.

Author Gaming Highlights ( ago)
He was really targeting philly

Author Jefff ( ago)
New incompetent education secretary Betsy DeVos needs to watch this. Unfortunately our right wing extremist government wants to dismantle public education and send everyone to private and charter schools.

Author Ryan Steele ( ago)

Author Happy ClamGuy ( ago)
Dissing Billy Joel is below the belt sir >_<

Author Emmy G ( ago)
Hey it's just Philly that has a bell, bad fans, and crappy food. Don't group all of Pennsylvania into this, Pittsburgh is the opposite.

Author newsmthjoke ( ago)
This article explains everything.

Author newsmthjoke ( ago)
He really has funny eyes,just look into them

Author Liquid Master ( ago)
This episode was brought to you thanks to the sponsorship of the Teachers Union...

Author mike577ify ( ago)
We call em pizza shops here bud love ya but maybe look into stuff before you make fun, this isnt the uk

Author ilikeceral3 ( ago)
Now appearing nation wide with Betsy devos.

Author Batman ( ago)
"The John Oliver Academy for Nervous Boys"

Author Lumberklik ( ago)
This video is more important to watch than ever. Kleptocrats are going to steal money away from public schools to lavish the funds on unaccountable charter schools run by their friends. There's a reason that education (like sanitation, roads, policing, etc) are NOT "run like businesses" because businesses cannot make money in these areas - otherwise there would have been private, profitable versions of these institutions already. But with DeVos in charge, the trough is open!

Author Name Change ( ago)
Can anyone explain to me how a public school education = indoctrination? Seriously I teach chemistry. I don't teach kids about a belief system that requires brainwashing or convincing. I teach them how to determine [H+] in a weak acid equilibrium and the origin of color in compounds due to d-orbital splitting etc. Does the indoctrination happen in gym class, History of the Americas, Mixed Chorus, pre-calculus, Research and Rhetoric? Which is it cause I have no clue what these fools are talking about

Author Peri Grinn ( ago)
Lisa Hamm is another textbook example of why I have so much contempt for "prosperity gospels." Jesus wants you to cherry pick and quote mine Bible verses to excuse stealing money and not doing your job so you can see Oprah and visit spas? You filthy piece of shit!

Author Aaron Paul ( ago)
John, you film in NYC. Are you really going to tell me that competition isnt good for the pizza business? You have the best pizza for next to nothing which is amazing considering the enormous cost of living.

Also if corruption invalidated a system, public schools would have been shut down a long time ago. Charter schools can close, public schools just suck up more money with no results and uneducated children. I would love to see you investigate public schools and see what you come up with, or unions.

Author Sami Hawasli ( ago)
With Betsy's appointment now a reality, this is more relevant than ever!

Author SupermarketSweep777 ( ago)
5:21 Unless you're name is Ms. Frizzle and have a magic bus.

Author Matt McG ( ago)
Get ready to see more of these with the confirmation of Betsy DeVos

Author ndrthrdr1 ( ago)
Republicans need a poorly educated, easily manipulated demographic to serve the wealthy.
Trumpwits are typically - that's right - poorly educated and easily manipulated.

Author Jaba6798 ( ago)
John Oliver is a total political hack

Author purpandorange ( ago)
OK, if ever there was a time that proved John Oliver was a propagandist, separate from the facts, this is it. Private schools shutting down, leaving the kids in that school to have no school until they can reapply to public school, is a hell of a lot better than being in a public school, that is absolutely terrible, but being stuck there because tax money makes sure it never gets closed down. So yes, bad schools being shut down and good schools staying open is actually a good thing, because many kids in bad schools end up graduating, barely able to read. This is common sense, John Oliver is smart enough to have figured this out, but he's a mouthpiece, he isn't here to give you the truth, he's here to be intellectual dishonest to attack any position that runs against his own.

No, government regulation and oversight isn't needed, do you know why? Because the government already has complete control over public schools and do a terrible job at it, so why should they be involved in managing private schools as well?

Author adamih96 ( ago)
What is wrong with Jello?

Author Jason Ó Súilleabháin ( ago)
In a word, Brilliant.

Author Ashley Titus ( ago)
What the fuck is a charter school

Author Sasu123456789x1 ( ago)
The fact that everything has to be viewed as a business... even fucking learning is so sad... The school system has been fucked for years...

Author omegapointil ( ago)
The profit motive, privatization, competition, republicans and religion none of which can be trusted and are just dishonest.

Author darkwind30 ( ago)
as coming from someone who has been to five of them, there definitely needs to be regulation. I was verbally and digitally abused by both teachers and students alike. one even saying that my handwriting "looked like I was an immigrant that just came to this country" I had given her a full page of a story i had written by hand. I was in the 5th grade. and that was the nicest one I've gotten. I'm I sophomore in public school now and have more support and love than I ever did there. but I went through four years of hell, and im still healing from the shit I delt with.

Author Sabin Le king ( ago)
wow he made fun of my home state, but at least PA never tried to leave any union

Author Dark Arts Dabbler ( ago)
The fuck is a charter school? College for cartographers?

Author WeDontThink ( ago)
Charter schools came into being because public schools don't do well. I used to teach school

Author Alita Buser ( ago)
This beautiful man is weirdly attractive

Author Huey Iroquois ( ago)
Charter schools are such a good idea that even Obama and Sanders aren't stupid enough to argue against them.

Author Eyron Rodriguez ( ago)
It was just a bash against charter schools, as always, liberal propaganda

Author Kevin Smith ( ago)
US colleges are the best in the world. Applying the same logic to K-12 eduction should produce similar results. We have seen those results in a massive way with Charter Schools. You showed the number, out of more than 6,000 schools 100 were seen to be failing. The fact is if you are in New York City, you would send your kid to a private school, charter school, and then home school if you could not get into those 2. The public education system has been so dismal since the late 1970s that if you applied the same standards for public schools as charter schools, a higher percent of public school would be closing.
You talk about the kids left behind when their school closes. Imagine if their school didn't close and they were stuck there through their entire education. That's the alternative proposed in many districts.

Author Dave G ( ago)
sweet a bar? man o man

Author Dave G ( ago)
who wants Taco Bell?

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