I can’t say that I’m too terribly surprised (h/t commenter Indyanna for the link). But it’s rather striking that all of these bigshot educrats are known for pushing standardized testing, rather than advocating the small classes, the well-designed and maintained academic buildings, the nutritious meals, and the creative and rigorous teaching they all enjoyed in their school days. (If they didn’t enjoy all of these things, then why did their parents pay the bills? Were they economically irrational, or deluded fools, or both?) Is this because prep school grads are overwhelmingly unable to appreciate the different challenges and burdens of our public schools, or is it that the only prep school grads who join the educratic elite all agree to ignore the economic discrepancies between their fancy schools and wealthy classmates, and the reality of most public schools in the U.S. today?
Just imagine the miracles that those brilliant headmasters and headmistresses and their legions of clever teachers could do for the most beleagured schools and the least prepared and supported students! Just imagine–because that’s as close as those kids are ever going to get to a Philips Exeter-Milton Academy-Chicago Lab School-Maumee Valley Country Day School education. (MVCDS must be so, so proud!)