Wednesday, November 04, 2009

At ISACS in Columbus

This afternoon we arrived at the hotel in Columbus and are ready for tomorrow's conference. I have a long list of interesting presentations to attend, and I am looking forward to learning and networking with other teachers from independent schools.

My own Clear Spring School is a very special school in that unlike many other independent schools, it was first created not only to serve students in our community, but also to serve the educational community at large as an educational laboratory testing methods and demonstrating those methods that show promise for the futures of all our children. After all,
"What the best and wisest parent wants for his own child, that must the community want for all of its children. Any other ideal for our schools is narrow and unlovely; acted upon it destroys our democracy." - John Dewey
And so, some have come to regard independent schools as elitist, serving only the children of the elite, and overlooking the important role independent schools can serve. Want to know what independent schools can do for American education? Come and check out the example we serve.

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