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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 26 2013: As an adult educator, asked a similar question for a long time, "Doesn't the much better funded K-12 have an obligation to support the adult education system?" I ended up rejecting that question. Weak power tries to force or mandate. Strong, long-lasting effective power comes from winning hearts and minds. Now I look for areas of commonality and try to create, specific, concrete opportunities for partnership. A solution to your problem by way of a proclaimed "responsibility" would abolish the public/private distinction.

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