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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 21 2013: In Alberta, we have a few private schools but the public system is perhaps more universalist than I perceive is the local experience for many of the responders to date. My daughter is a teacher in a private school (specializing in language immersion teaching) and my son in law is a teacher in the public system. The private schools do have an overall better standing in respect of universal tests ... But not that substantially different from the upper tier of public schools. One experiment that has proved to be quite successful here was to allow the parents and administration of particular public schools to form a "charter school" that is focused in some way... For example, advanced training for the arts, or for gifted children. Parents and children then apply for entry to the school, but once accepted there is no tuition, though there may be extra cost for musical instruments, for example. This middle way is I suppose quite Canadian, neither completely socialist nor absolutely free enterprise. In any case, it seems to work, and I understand creates an improved teaching and learning environment.
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      Mar 22 2013: we hare charter schools here as well. my youngest son 17 goes to one. they are fabulous

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