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

  • Published: 22 August 2016
  • 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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  • Krucifer 420
    Krucifer 420  9 hours back

    Why are people not laughing harder at his savage oprah burn at 11:00? Might be the best thing ive ever heard him say lol

  • Draco Wright
    Draco Wright  14 hours back

    Then they make workers work even harder further f****** fake education. How do I know I make under 20000 a f****** year or under just because he's under educated fools. Don't believe methey're running a fake simulation for your job that doesn't match up to what you're actually doing and pay you less for it 😂

    • Zachary Dickerson
      Zachary Dickerson  2 days back

      Publicly shaming kids learning to read and write. You really will do anything

      • Blair Brown
        Blair Brown  2 days back


        With due respect to the namesake,"The John Oliver Academy for Nervous Boys," sounds like the kind of place where 'inappropriate contact,' between students and teachers....and other students....and the individual student and their hand....takes place on an almost daily basis.

        • John Connor
          John Connor  2 days back

          This could be a description of the academies and free schools programme here in the UK. We had one principal who ran a dating agency through his school.

          • Alexis Conklin
            Alexis Conklin  2 days back

            Wait wait wait. Was that an Olsen Twin reference in which he refers to them as TWO SEPARATE PEOPLE?! This conspiracy goes ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP. Or something, I don't know. Funny though.

            • k
              k  2 days back

              Sounds like Korean hagwons.

              • Shade Collins
                Shade Collins  3 days back

                Charter Schools? I thought you were talking about the Prison System.

                • Devon Grant
                  Devon Grant  3 days back


                  • Just a Friend
                    Just a Friend  3 days back

                    Thank god I was simply homeschooled using a private system not provided by the state.

                    • Domi811
                      Domi811  4 days back

                      Charter student here.
                      Been in a charter district 4th-8th. Want me to list out the issues?

                      1. Our schools are RENTED OFFICE BUILDINGS. Roaches now and then.
                      2. Careless administration. I've heard that at the high school (My middle was connected to its high school), the counselors don't care much.
                      3. Trying to look good. Wanna graduate 12th grade? Get 100 hours of service and get into 4 colleges. Look guys, 100% of grads go to college!
                      4. Mean teachers. Hooooo boy. This started my motivation to leave the district ASAP (and I succeeded :D) . They punish the whole class or grade for the antics of 3-4 kids, yell loudly (I'm sensitive to loud yelling), and try to take away as many freedoms as possible. Fuckin' dictatorship.
                      5. Lack of experience. Not many teachers or admins know what they're doing.
                      6. Shitty tech. Our district boasts "STEM Education". Shitty chromebooks and equally inexperienced tech support. Hooray.
                      7. High teacher turnover. The best teachers know that admins treat them badly. They leave. Tons leave.
                      8. The civil unrest of Detroit. Need I say more?
                      9. Never challenged me. Lame.
                      10. Admin spends all its money on making the business HQ look sleek. Nobody gives a shit. The children, for fuck's sake, they are the HEART AND SOUL OF YOUR ESTABLISHMENT THAT YOU HOLD SO DEARLY! AND STOP MISTREATING YOUR TEACHERS, MY GOD. NO WONDER SOME ARE SO ANGRY AT THE KIDS.

                      I... think that's all? There may or may not be more.
                      Sorry for making this a ranting wall.
                      I got out by getting accepted into a high-end magnet school.
                      Stay woke, stay calm, and think critically.

                      • gokul balagopal
                        gokul balagopal  4 days back

                        Why aren't there any govt school

                        • geno816
                          geno816  5 days back

                          I attended a charter school in kansas city and I am happy that I did. Ive done really well. There are 5 charter schools here that are highly rated. Not in the state, but in the nation. Like top 1% in the nation.

                          • Brytan Mendes
                            Brytan Mendes  5 days back

                            Honestly, I wish they could redo this episode now. I was expecting more of a bombshell at the end.

                            • frank doster
                              frank doster  6 days back

                              American greed

                              • Alberto Fabrega
                                Alberto Fabrega  7 days back

                                Doesn't Sweden run charter schools to compete with public schools and been highly successful? Seem like State by State problem with regulations?

                              • Hayden
                                Hayden  7 days back

                                I went to a charter school in California from grade 3 to grade 8 and we moved 3 times, had an unconventional grading system where we passed no matter what, it was very small and very cult-like.. when I went to public high school I was grossly unprepared academically but also socially.

                                • Definately not Joseph Stalin

                                  *coughs* OFSTED

                                  • Oden Petersen
                                    Oden Petersen  1 weeks back

                                    If kids change faster than the market, what makes people think a standardised curriculum and methodology is going to work better?

                                    • Mama Oshun
                                      Mama Oshun  1 weeks back

                                      Harambee is a Swahili word that means 'All pull in together'.

                                      • wow
                                        wow  2 weeks back

                                        I went to a charter middle school, we had an economics class taught by an anarcho-capitalist who told us that there should be no government, and people should band together to build their own roads

                                        • Alice Dole
                                          Alice Dole  2 weeks back

                                          i'm from Philly and I agree our football fans aren't great,but we have the best soccer fans DOOP!

                                          • riley boy
                                            riley boy  2 weeks back

                                            i went to C.O.A.S.T charter school in st marks FL for 5th grade and 6th grade. (i just graduated hs) two years ago, the music teacher got charged with multiple accounts sexual assault of a child under 14 and child porn. He was my favorite teacher because we didnt have to do anything in his class other than bang on upside down trash cans with sticks with tennis balls stuck on the end of them. Music Class ! Dont you love charter schools?

                                            • Hugh Jazzole'
                                              Hugh Jazzole'  2 weeks back

                                              CONNOR BETTS IS A PIZZAPRODUCT

                                              • baekwon thechef
                                                baekwon thechef  2 weeks back

                                                The charter schools here didn’t require that teachers have a teaching degree or any form of educational instruction training.

                                                • CIA
                                                  CIA  2 weeks back


                                                  • Je Yi
                                                    Je Yi  2 weeks back

                                                    Why do Americans give things stupid useless names? Charter school? Call it a school period.

                                                    • Johan Furtado
                                                      Johan Furtado  2 weeks back

                                                      7:03 The Name 😂. (If you're Indian, you'll know)

                                                      • A. Taylor
                                                        A. Taylor  2 weeks back

                                                        FUCK CHARTER SCHOOLS!!!!!

                                                        • mark g.
                                                          mark g.  3 weeks back

                                                          Most charter schools are just a way to send tax dollars to private campaign contributors. Guarantee "White Hat" had more than a few PACs set up.

                                                          • Abra Kadabra
                                                            Abra Kadabra  3 weeks back

                                                            A spokeswoman on the epic charter school commercial said, there is no reason schools should be from 8-4. I never went to school from 8-4 in the first place. When I went to school, it was from 8:30--3:30, by 3:35 I was out of the school building and on my way home. And by the way, why didn't they have charter schools when i was going to school.

                                                            • Gus's Shack
                                                              Gus's Shack  3 weeks back

                                                              When I grew up in California I found that charter schools have the potential to out class private schools or match the worst schools out there (keep in mind that depending on what school you go to in CA, you can graduate highschool without knowing how to read!!)
                                                              Because of this, it is critical to research your options for your kids like any other commodity.
                                                              Now there are some great advantages for charter schools especially in CA. For example, I only had to go to school 3 days a week allowing me to work on my off days. Also, my school hours were shorter giving me more time to explore things that I cared about... or make trouble on the street like a normal teenager = )
                                                              Finally the limited hours allowed me to take advantage of the comunity college program in CA which allows highschool kids to take 6 college credits a semester on the states dime!!
                                                              There are significant draw back with any charter school though that is not usually talked about or recognized until it's to late.
                                                              While you can definatly find charter schools that will challenge and prepare students for going to college, they do not have the proper resources to give students the edge when it comes to being accepted forGrant's, scholarship, or even the school itself.

                                                              • Arlene Conriquez
                                                                Arlene Conriquez  3 weeks back

                                                                i go to a charter school :)

                                                                • Dwayne Smith
                                                                  Dwayne Smith  3 weeks back

                                                                  Text comment if u like it

                                                                  • Dwayne Smith
                                                                    Dwayne Smith  3 weeks back

                                                                    New name we call Trump.He loves calling anyone against him names so we call him President Dung Battle..cause he puahes shit 24 hours a day.

                                                                    • Tyler Keller
                                                                      Tyler Keller  3 weeks back

                                                                      Still trying to understand why "Pit-Bull" is famous

                                                                    • Mace Matthews
                                                                      Mace Matthews  3 weeks back

                                                                      As someone who has been in a charter school from preschool-8th grade I can say that in my experience my school was not run well at all, my principal seemed so concerned with making the school look good that she would ignore when multiple students were accused of groping and taking inappropriate pictures of classmates and they did so without any punishment, and at least one of the teachers didn’t seem to know how to her job whatsoever, she constantly showed bias against certain students, as well as taking credit for students accomplishments and behaving inappropriately in ways that would negatively affect students.

                                                                      • Arcanine-Espeon
                                                                        Arcanine-Espeon  3 weeks back

                                                                        I just realized that this episode which means a lot to me (a charter school graduate) was uploaded on my 16th birthday. That time of my life was...well, it sure was a time.

                                                                        • Xt
                                                                          Xt  4 weeks back

                                                                          everything in the states is about making money. everything

                                                                          • divina6
                                                                            divina6  4 weeks back

                                                                            Several parents left a charter school in California because a teacher was blatantly racist and had a record of holding non white children back, even when they were new and she knew nothing about them. It caused so much trauma in children and parent's lives that the supervisor finally stepped in, but the school covered it up and never fired her. Parents keep leaving.

                                                                            • divina6
                                                                              divina6  4 weeks back

                                                                              @JJ Thank you, they did leave. Several families left. When I pointed it out to them the second time as I was leaving, they said they'd "consider my claims." I think they're scared of being publicly outed and losing their funding. They should have fired that teacher.

                                                                            • JJ
                                                                              JJ  4 weeks back

                                                                              Unlike public schools they had the option to leave and I hope they did.

                                                                          • Ophelia Is My Name
                                                                            Ophelia Is My Name  4 weeks back

                                                                            "when Primark founds a school, it's not a stunt"

                                                                            • What Ever
                                                                              What Ever  1 months back

                                                                              “I think I’m legally okay to say that.” Is a summary of this whole show.

                                                                              • Josny13
                                                                                Josny13  1 months back

                                                                                2:20 "If I learnt anything, it's that all my effort was for nothing. After a couple of years of actual experience working, and probably learning a lot while at it, I'm much better off."
                                                                                "Sorry I meant: 'All my effort only payed off in the future.'"

                                                                                This statement is so shit it's like thanking a higher power that your kid is saved from cancer while the surgeon is in the room.
                                                                                They didn't do sh!t for you, kid.

                                                                                3:40 This is the best way to show that your kids need school.

                                                                                4:22 Those lucky bastards must have had the night of their life. Just look at them. Fell right asleep before she could finish. Real gentlemen.

                                                                                • Anthony Gonzales
                                                                                  Anthony Gonzales  1 months back

                                                                                  a school turns in to a beer club at night wow and now I completely agree when the world says that america is a shithole country

                                                                                  • Anthony Gonzales
                                                                                    Anthony Gonzales  1 months back

                                                                                    American education system is also failing along with its country

                                                                                    • Erin Maria
                                                                                      Erin Maria  1 months back

                                                                                      excuse me, but Philly is the best and so are our cheesesteaks

                                                                                      • Jennis Angel
                                                                                        Jennis Angel  1 months back

                                                                                        As someone from Pennsylvania, yeah, it sucks here. I’m lucky enough to go to a great charter highschool, but the schools around me and where I live are actually terrible

                                                                                        • Tim D
                                                                                          Tim D  1 months back

                                                                                          My town is in debt by 10 million dollars due to charter schools. Interestingly our last mayor put 5 million in, borrowed 5 million, and now he's the lieutenant governor of state. He made a great mess and then left it to be picked up by the next schmuck.