"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Alter's Solution: "Throw Up Your Hands" and Put Your Children in Exclusive Private Schools

Alter lives in Montclair, but his kids attend(ed) the private Newark Academy. At least one was still enrolled this past year.   So segregated corporate chain gang schools with white missionary temps are fine with Alter for the urban poor, but his kids, not so much (ht to Stan Karp)
Situated on a 68-acre wooded campus in suburban Livingston, Newark Academy's average class size: 13.  Eighty percent of the faculty hold advanced degrees; 7 have earned doctorate degrees.  On average, the faculty has 22 years of teaching experience. Eight outdoor athletic fields on site.  Each year NA has three major drama productions, two dance concerts, and multiple performances in 12 choral and instrumental groups.  Offers AP courses in 15 subjects.  Upper School students are required to engage in cultural or environmental exploration. Currently, there are 10 programs for extended off-campus study in six states and four countries.  Tuition is $28,775 plus another $1700 in fees plus transportation.

"A Newark Academy education represents an investment in your child’s future, and we recognize that choosing an independent school education requires a significant commitment to financial planning and prioritizing by families. Allocating resources to secure the best education for your children enables them to develop the tools necessary for success: self-confidence and determination; disciplined analysis and creativity; empathy and integrity; and character and intellect."

"The school has an annual fund that raised $1million in 09-10 because "the cost of an independent school education is such that tuition and fees do not cover the total cost of educating each student. Our full tuition pays for 82 percent of actual "cost to educate." As is the case with many other independent schools, our fundraising efforts seek gifts in order to bridge the gap between tuition and the actual cost of operating the school."

Students in Newark Academy’s politics of change class had the opportunity to view the thought-provoking documentary film, "Waiting for Superman." Renowned journalist and current parent Jonathan Alter is one of the educational experts featured in this film.

Alter himself attended Phillips Andover. His wife is a producer for Stephen Colbert. which is no doubt one reason Colbert has repeatedly had Rhee, Guggenheim, & Canada on his show.

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