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  •  Public Schools teach solidarity. (8+ / 0-)

    "Service" is the polite word for charity, what you do for your lessers. In public school you learn we are all in it together, and everyone has something to contribute.

    •  Sorry, but I disagree about service (6+ / 0-)

      my time in the US Marine Corps was not charity

      nor is my time teaching in public schools

      "what the best and wisest parent wants for his child is what we should want for all the children of the community" - John Dewey

      by teacherken on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 09:18:56 AM PDT

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      •  Unfortunately most private school graduates will (2+ / 0-)
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        never join the marines or teach in public schools. Their idea of "service" will always be defined by the glossy photos they see posted in the hallways of attractive young white people surrounded by grateful, smiling black/brown people.

        •  you'd be surprised (0+ / 0-)

          you tend to forget the number of private schools with a military orientation.  You are painting with a bit too wide of a brush.

          "what the best and wisest parent wants for his child is what we should want for all the children of the community" - John Dewey

          by teacherken on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 11:21:39 AM PDT

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          •  I said "most," not "none." (0+ / 0-)

            Yes private military schools exist, but how many of them are there really, compared to all the non-military schools? They are a drop in the bucket.

            Meanwhile, every public high school (at least where I live) has JROTC but none of the prep schools do.

        •  That is simply not true (0+ / 0-)

          My husband taught and was an administrator in three different private liberal arts colleges - all in the mid-west.  In all three colleges, the Education department had the most graduates, and the last college had/has the most Principals and Superintendents placed in the state than by any other college or state university.  Your reverse snobbery is just astounding to me.  

          •  You are not... (0+ / 0-)

            obviously not understanding this diary.  It is about private secondary schools not colleges.

            "[I]n the absence of genuine leadership, they'll listen to anyone who steps up to the microphone...They're so thirsty for it they'll crawl through the desert toward a mirage, and when they discover there's no water, they'll drink the sand."

            by cardboardurinal on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 12:50:55 PM PDT

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            •  The user was not responding to the diary (0+ / 0-)

              but a snobbish reply.

              Faby-o, downrec me again. You know I love it!

              by Cheez Whiz on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 06:06:34 AM PDT

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              •  I guess so... (0+ / 0-)

                I waited a couple of days for any kind of recognition that I had said something that challenges her assertion...

                "[I]n the absence of genuine leadership, they'll listen to anyone who steps up to the microphone...They're so thirsty for it they'll crawl through the desert toward a mirage, and when they discover there's no water, they'll drink the sand."

                by cardboardurinal on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 12:34:22 PM PDT

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