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November 2010, Page 2

Pitfalls of an Elite Education Part 4: Conclusions

As I have begun to consider a private school for my son, I have come across some very powerful arguments in the media stating that private schools aren’t necessarily as desirable as their glossy viewbooks would lead you to believe.

Pitfalls of an Elite Education Part 3: Civility?

There was recently an Op-Ed piece in the New York Times by Charles Blow–Private School Civility Gap. The article references a 2010 study by the Josephson Institute Center for Youth Ethics, “Report Card on the Ethics of American Youth” which surveyed 43,000 kids on attitudes toward sex, violence, race, drugs, alcohol, bullying, and more. There are many fascinating statistics in the study, but the ones that are most surprising (to me) are the one that are referenced by Blow–boys at private, religiously affiliated schools are more likely to

Making Bache-Martin Part of The Neighborhood

My local catchment school Jenks isn’t the only Philadelphia public school with parents pushing to make it more of a neighborhood school. Bache-Martin is doing the same thing. While Jenks has included prospective parent’s teas and distributed lawn signs in their efforts to spread the word. The “Neighborhood Parents for Bache-Martin” organization has

Pitfalls of an Elite Education Part 2: A Race to Nowhere? [Video]

In part 1 of this series I wrote about an article, “The Disadvantages of an Elite education” which I soon found only highlighted some of the potential disadvantages of private schooling. I also recently came across a new documentary (is it me, or do there seem to be a lot of documentaries focusing on our educational system lately?) called Race to Nowhere (trailer below). RTN is about how relentless academic and social pressures are affecting the lives of middle- and high-school kids across America.

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Kindergarten Language Immersion and Classroom Dynamics

One of the realities of a language immersion program is that everyone is starting at the same level. Maybe my kid can’t read but somebody else’s kid can. Guess what? When the class starts and the teacher is speaking only Spanish, every kid is lost. Every kid is starting from scratch. So by definition, the students are all at the same level, at least for vast chunks of the curriculum.