Men's Discussion Group
Issue: Private Schools vs Public Schools:
A Breeding Ground for Discrimination?
America has long had a two-tiered system of education: The public schools, which have emphasized preparing citizens to live in a democratic society, and private schools which have emphasized a classic liberal arts education. In an article in the April 2021 edition of The Atlantic, Caitlin Flanagan argues that this distinction has created, or at the least is responsible for increasing, the gulf between “rick kids and poor kids in America.” As one professor from NYU has maintained, only graduates from the elite prep schools (e.g. Exeter, Andover, Choate) and/or universities (e.g., Stanford, Harvard, Duke) are candidates to become CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.
Terry Weiner, Ron Mutchnik, and Richard Conrath will kick off the discussion by briefly summarizing the issues as outlined in the article by Flanagan. The cite for the article is:
Private Schools Are Indefensible - The Atlantic
Caitlin Flanagan: What the college-admissions scandal reveals ... This article appears in the April 2021 print edition with the headline "Private Schools Are Indefensible." ...