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A school is… (Verse 5)

A school is a key locus for social interaction—among students, parents, alums, staff. This almost seems to obvious to mention. Whether the school is day or boarding, in some ways it is a society unto itself. The school is the scene of a million little stories—dramas, romances, […]

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A school is… (Verse 4)

A school is a social enterprise, with obligations to the society that supports it. (And I will admit freely to cribbing this line from the teaser from this article by Lawrence Bacow, Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, and Saran Kaur Gill in The Chronicle of Higher Education, 13 January 2011) […]

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A school is… (Verse 4)

A school is a social enterprise, with obligations to the society that supports it. (And I will admit freely to cribbing this line from the teaser from this article by Lawrence Bacow, Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, and Saran Kaur Gill in The Chronicle of Higher Education, 13 January 2011) […]

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A school is… (Verse 3)

A school is an aspiring utopia: an intentional community driven by ideals. As a community an independent school sets its own standards of behavior based on its own deep principles and values. Students and staff are subject to these standards, which may range from small things like […]

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A school is… (Verse 3)

A school is an aspiring utopia: an intentional community driven by ideals. As a community an independent school sets its own standards of behavior based on its own deep principles and values. Students and staff are subject to these standards, which may range from small things like […]

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A school is… (Verse 2)

A school’s name is shorthand for a set of shared experiences—lived, hoped for—deeply understood across generational and other boundaries. To those who have attended or who have been associated with any independent school, its very name will evoke that experience. To those who hope to be associated […]

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A school is … (Verse 1)

A school is an idea representing an ideal or aspiration. On one level, this is like brand—a set of expectations built around experience—but on a deeper level, this is of course a combination of the ideas and beliefs behind the school’s founding and its current stated mission. […]

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What is a school?

I’ve set myself a little exercise lately, to come up with very short lists of things that independent schools need to get over and that they need to be doing in order to insure their own sustainability. It’s fun to think about (especially if you sort of […]

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What this is all about

The other night I watched the original 1947 Miracle on 34th Street, and it pushed me over an edge on which I have been teetering for a while. No, I did not give up my belief in Santa Claus, but one little phrase–a phrase I’ve heard again […]

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