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NYC educator finds it difficult to muster much sympathy for well-to-do families who, because of the recession, are now having to consider sending their children to--the shame!--public schools. Maybe now, he suggests, more people will realize how important good public schools are to a neighborhood.

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I'll believe it's important when the President/Senators/Representatives in Washington send their children to the same schools they want us to send ours to. Rubbish.

I grew up in a place where just about everyone who could afford it went to private schools. I really wish all public school systems provided a good education and a safe environment.

One of the social studies teachers I work with, a confirmed right-winger, suggested to me the way to fix public schools was to compel those who run them to send their kids there. I always thought that made sense, particularly here in NYC. It's remarkable to hear Chancellor Klein and Mayor Bloomberg say class size is irrelevant, when their kids went to private schools with class sizes that didn't exceed 14.

While President Obama did not actually run a system as an Illinois politician, he sent his kids to private, rather than public, schools in Chicago. It was very disappointing to see him appoint the guy who ran the Chicago schools, the ones that weren't good enough for the President's kids, as US Secretary of Education.

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