Private & Public School

elizabeth helfant
elizabeth helfant

ehelfant @jonbecker I think that frees us up to dream a bit..

elizabeth helfant
elizabeth helfant

ehelfant @jonbecker not really- but we don't have those darned standards to prepare kids for or worry about..

Jonathan Becker
Jonathan Becker

jonbecker @ehelfant so, is there anything your school does by way of curriculum and learning that a public school can't also do?

Alfred Thompson
Alfred Thompson

alfredtwo @jonbecker agreed. small !=unimportant I do think that teachers at private schools are given more autonomy and that contributes to results

elizabeth helfant
elizabeth helfant

ehelfant @jonbecker Have said it often, it isn't about the technology, its about the curriculum and the learning-I happen to have great resources too

Jonathan Becker
Jonathan Becker

jonbecker @alfredtwo agreed, but in the big picture, I'd argue that use of tech. is a SMALL part of why parents choose to pay for education

Alfred Thompson
Alfred Thompson

alfredtwo @jonbecker . Using technology is appreciated by parents who have the money to pay for education. How they handle web 2.0 is just one example

Jonathan Becker
Jonathan Becker

jonbecker @alfredtwo i don't buy that parents choose independent/private schools because Web 2.0 apps are unblocked

Alfred Thompson
Alfred Thompson

alfredtwo I think that independent/private schools are more responsive to parents and societies needs than public ones.

Alfred Thompson
Alfred Thompson

alfredtwo @jonbecker Independent schools have to set themselves apart for public schools There has to be something different to attract paying parents

Jonathan Becker
Jonathan Becker

jonbecker @ehelfant right, but "honest desire to create curriculum that's good for kids" (like that!) shouldn't be unique to independent schools

elizabeth helfant
elizabeth helfant

ehelfant @jonbecker both - honest desire to create curriculum thats good for kids without obstacles is helpful to change

Jonathan Becker
Jonathan Becker

jonbecker @ehelfant is it that you know you need to "get kids" or is that you CAN choose not to block stuff since you're independent?

elizabeth helfant
elizabeth helfant

ehelfant @jonbecker that said, our admin could choose to block stuff and don't - as Indep. school, we know we need to offer something more toget kids

elizabeth helfant
elizabeth helfant

ehelfant @jonbecker probably to some extent - but our tech integration is more because we can open up apps and don't block than tie to admin-

Jonathan Becker
Jonathan Becker

jonbecker while noting that they are all at independent/private schools and wondering if that's a relevant fact...

Jonathan Becker
Jonathan Becker

jonbecker noting that @ehelfant and @coolcatteacher have "non-techie" principals who nonetheless "get it" (& I think @scmorgan too)...