The college driven mania in New York’s private schools continues apace. Consider this recent article from the Wall Street Journal. http://on.wsj.com/mu0RuF Then, read this about tutoring in New York City: http://nyti.ms/mlJdqJ It’s no accident the same names pop up. Parents aren’t complaining about the costs? Please. Parents put pressure on coaches to make sure a kid makes a team. Parents will call school not only to complain about grades, but also about how quickly papers get handed back. Positions on the editorial staff of a school paper are subject to trustee pressure. Teachers hand back essays knowing full well they have graded the work of a tutor, or a parent, but opting not to challenge the origin of the paper. One wonders how many stories there are about how the integrity of schools gets compromised.
How does education at this price, with this narrow point of view, prepare one to collaborate, to be open to new ideas, to create? How does education at this price prepare one to participate in a democracy?