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September 24, 2014

Independent Schools in the World: John Chubb Responds to Further Questions

I have been struck by how separate our world is from the public and charter school world--just as I long observed the great divide between public and charter. All of us as educators would do well--learn and improve--from opening lines of communication and participation.

September 23, 2014

Q&A: What Is Driving up Tuition at Private Schools?

A year into his job running the National Association of Independent Schools, John Chubb and EW opinion blogger Peter Gow discuss the rising cost of private school tuition.

September 22, 2014

Independent Schools in the World: John Chubb Responds to Questions

Our schools are all mission-based. Missions are almost universally concerned with the student's social and emotional development--the building of character, confidence and a commitment to service. Our schools may tell parents about these virtues. Our schools may be missing an opportunity to make the case more explicitly to parents.

December 09, 2013

The Right Question From Independent Schools

Supporting the public sector ought to be an important industry goal in whatever ways we can accomplish it; as Americans we've got the future of millions of kids besides those in our schools to worry about. By doing well by them, by asking what we can do for our country and then doing it, we'll be okay.

July 31, 2013

More Answers From John Chubb, New Independent Schools Association President

In Part 2 of this two-part interview with new National Association of Independent Schools president John Chubb, he addresses the role that independent schools might play as model "schools of the future," what he looks for in a school, and some of his personal experience as an independent school parent.

July 29, 2013

Q&A With John Chubb, New Independent Schools Association President (Part 1 of 2)

In Part 1 of this two-part interview, new National Association of Independent Schools president John Chubb discusses the role NAIS might play in developing new educational approaches and shaping the national conversation on education. He also addresses some of the challenges NAIS schools face--and share with other sectors--going forward.

June 28, 2013

An Open Letter to John Chubb

But the great opportunity, perhaps even the great imperative, for independent schools over the next five years will be to establish ourselves as a legitimate and positive voice in the national and indeed global conversation on education. Although many far-sighted and even courageous individual schools and school leaders have sought engagement with the larger, primarily public school community, as a body we have taken only baby steps.

May 29, 2013

Data and Lore: Schools, Reputations, and Facts

We're stuck then, at least for the external world, with more lore than data in determining much of anything about a single school or even about independent schools as a whole. This may change in years to come, if only because accreditors are now requiring schools to show evidence of ways in which they have used data internally to make decisions about academic programs. The challenge for schools, then, will be how to collect useful data, how to analyze it in productive ways, and how to apply it well.

May 24, 2013

A Time for Taking Stock in the Blogosphere

But I remain convinced that there is a larger role for independent schools, dimly imaginable as being something like a national laboratory program for educational experimentation and innovation, that we haven't yet fully articulated among ourselves as a body.

February 27, 2013

What Do Independent School Educators Think About?

If we're going to claim the privilege of independence and charge a pretty penny, I think we're obliged to work to a very, very high standard.

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