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September 24, 2014

Q&A: Improving Private-Public School Partnerships

A year into his job running the National Association of Independent Schools, NAIS President John Chubb speaks with EW opinion blogger Peter Gow about issues facing private education.

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.

March 03, 2014

What's Dangerous About the Grit Narrative, and How to Fix It

The Grit Narrative, its shadow spreading back over the land under the guise of "research," threatens to take us straight back to an era where poverty is about laziness and where failure, unless it's the "failing up" of a revered entrepreneur, carries the stain of moral bankruptcy.

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.

August 09, 2013

Public Purpose: Environmentalism in Independent Schools--and Others!

It may be that independent schools are just beginning to find their real voice for expressing their public purpose--the real work, as partners and working exemplars, of turning their resources and their ideas to aims beyond the education of their own students. I'd like to believe that the best of schools' environmental work may just be the sound of the voice of public purpose clearing its throat.

August 07, 2013

Diversity and Multiculturalism: The Independent School Story (Part 4 of 4)

I suspect we will all start school in a somewhat chastened state of mind after the Trayvon Martin verdict; Trayvon could have been our President thirty-five years ago, yes, but he could have been any of our African American students this morning. However utopian we might wish our schools to be, our streets are not.

August 05, 2013

Diversity and Multiculturalism: The Independent School Story (Part 3)

You would be somewhat hard-pressed to find more than a handful of independent schools whose mission and values statements do not contain at least one word like "diverse," "multicultural," "global," "inclusive"--words that, as mission statements are intended to, commit the school to preparing students to live in a world in which everyone is not going to be just like themselves.

August 02, 2013

Diversity and Multiculturalism: The Independent School Story (Part 2 of 3)

Sexual orientation and gender identity were always present as issues of diversity, as were religion, cultural heritage, and even just plain gender--many of these varieties of "invisible minority" status. From the perspective of "the work," though, most schools tended to focus on race, the mantra being "If you can talk about race, you can talk about anything."

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