Fortunately, I don't have to rebut this delusional lunacy (hey Jim, why don't you actually VISIT a KIPP school before writing about them???), as Stuart Buck, on his blog, The Buck Stops Here, does it for me, quickly finding eight separate KIPP web sites that talk about how students are exposed to a rich curriculum, including, chess. Here are the first three examples Buck cites:
Not a mention of chess or dance on any of KIPP's websites? How about the following:
1. KIPP's mainpage:
After a long day of hard work, KIPPsters enjoy the chance to express themselves in creative ways. Music, art, sports and dance are just a few examples of the programs available in KIPP schools across the country. Many KIPP schools have activities such as basketball, track, lacrosse, step teams and chess clubs. These extracurricular opportunities work together with our academic programs to create a well-rounded experience for our students.
A look inside the music program at KIPP Academy in New York City demonstrates the benefits of KIPP's strong arts curriculum. KIPP Academy students play everything from classical pieces to modern R&B and pop music, and the orchestra has performed across the nation. In New Orleans, KIPP McDonogh 15 has an incredible jazz band, while in Los Angeles KIPP Academy of Opportunity has an extraordinary, high-energy drum line. These KIPP schools exemplify KIPP's commitment that students will work hard while still having fun.
2. From KIPP Delta's website:
On April 17th, engineering students competed in an electric car race in Pensacola, Florida and won.
There were many different participants in high school and college level.
Also on April 17th, a group of students competed in the state chess
3. Part of a list of activities on the KIPP TEAM (New Jersey) website: