Preface Introduction: Sam's Comment and the Prep School Tradition Community The Vulnerability of Educational Communities The Family School Governing Independent Communities Diversity and Community Standards Student Incentives and the College Board System The Collision of Standards and Meritocracy The Challenge of Average College-Bound Students Personalization The Power of Personal Attention The Role of the Good Teacher Conclusion: Lessons from Privilege Appendix: Sources and Methods Notes Index
Arthur G. Powell is author of The Search for Educational Authority and coauthor of The Shopping Mall High School.
Powell explores the distinct traditions of independent schools that
have made them so successful over the years. There are lessons here
for independent schools, but the author hopes these lessons will
also be useful in shaping public school reform. At the heart of the
book is Powell's argument that the sense of community at
independent schools instills passion and commitment in the
students, faculty, and administration--and that this commitment is
at the heart of a good education.
Citing recent research findings clearly and persuasively, Powell asserts that troubled public school systems can use 'private school-like' strategies such as team teaching and intensive college counseling to rejuvenate their programs. Extracts from interviews with students and private school staff members enliven this popularly written narrative, which will have strong appeal for lay parents as well as educators.
This book will rank with Powell's earlier work, The Shopping Mall High School, as a classic on American schools. [Powell] unveils the inner workings of tradition that seemingly favor private schools over their public counterparts. But with this peek into the world of educational advantage, he also acquaints readers with principles that can enliven any school. This is a scholarly piece that is easy on the eyes.
Powell's title and theme reach for a wider audience than the relatively small one found in independent schools...Lessons from Privilege is refreshing in its candor.