Purpose of elite schools?
I stumbled upon this in another thread: A letter from the head of school at Trinity, perhaps the most prestigious of the Manhattan private schools and certainly the one said to have the "best" college matriculation list: https://trinityschoolnyc.myschoolapp.com/podium/push/default.aspx?i=177980&s=390&snd=092c7b22-276c-420f-83bf-1d259e37e6b7
It is astounding.
From the letter: "... our students’ default understanding of the purpose of their schoolwork becomes to make good grades, gain admissions to a highly selective college, set themselves on a path of lifelong superior achievement. And this default setting -- one of narrowly individualistic self-advancement -- has been locked into place by a frenetic pace of life and expectations of perfection that devour the energy and time students need to reflect on the meaning of their schoolwork. To deconstruct this default understanding of Trinity as a credentialing factory, we need to actively develop in our students compelling alternative understandings of the socially redeeming purposes their knowledge and skills could and should serve. If we do not, our well-intentioned work to develop their powers of critical thinking and creative self-expression will serve to secure for our students a comfortable perch atop a cognitive elite that is self-serving, callous, and spiritually barren."
Also: ..."we are seeking to build a broadly shared ethos of citizenship and public service throughout our school community. And it is the building of this ethos that is the only valid social justification for the extraordinary resources we are pouring into our students’ education. Without this ethos, I am afraid we are, for a majority of our students, just a very, very, very expensive finishing school."
... I suspect you will have much to say about this one!
(I can't believe I missed it when the NYT wrote about it in the fall!)