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Do elite private schools have a responsibility to improve local public schools?

Is it possible that a greater collaboration between public and private schools could enhance our society? Policies and practice could be shared and improved. In addition, students could work together on local service endeavors.

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    Mar 20 2013: I would say: Ultimately no.
    They can and they should, but I wouldn't class it as an obligation.

    I would however say that (assuming the private schools are verifiably better than public schools), the government and states have a responsibility to provide an equal (or close to, or better, or improving) standard.
    If a private alternative can do something better, than the public sector has a responsibility to strive towards improving itself as the competition has been set.
    • Mar 20 2013: Xavier,

      I agree with you that the public sector has a responsibility to strive towards improving itself. I wonder if it possible to achieve, especially when we consider the points that Fritzie made in regards to the private school population. Is that what separates private and public schools or could it also be the freedom that private schools have to be creative and innovative and ultimately do what works in any given situation (for example, discipline and curriculum)?
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        Mar 20 2013: The freedom private schools have to be creative and innovative and to customize what they do to meet the needs at hand is of huge benefit for their students if the staff is cutting edge. School district administrations go back and forth over time about what they think of what is often called 'building-based decisionmaking." Fifteen years ago it was the new big idea, as I remember, in schooling. Now administrative preferences seem to have swung back to centralized control and standardization, which tends to be highly frustrating for public school teachers, who far prefer being able to make the choices they think will work best for the particular students they are looking at that year.

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