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“A Surprising Large Number Of Public School Reformers Attended Private Schools”

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The New York Times has just published a fascinating article headlined “In Public School Efforts, a Common Background: Private Education.” It lists a very, very long number of key leaders whose actions, in my opinion, are doing great harm public school education — and they all attended private schools.

The list includes Michelle Rhee, Arne Duncan, Bill Gates, and even President Obama.

Here’s an excerpt:

Does a private school background give them a much-needed distance and fresh perspective to better critique and remake traditional public schools? Does it make them distrust public schools — or even worse — poison their perception of them? Or does it make any difference?

Your call.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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  1. I have friends that attended private schools and they are quick to list all they things they would do to “fix” public education. As both a student of and teacher in public education, I feel I know better than they. Regardless, they plan to send their children to private schools and I plan to send mine to public schools.

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