Archive for October 17th, 2003

17th October
2003

First Published in The New York Sun, October 17, 2003

By Andrew Wolf

William Gates came to town recently bearing a $51 million gift to help create new small high schools in New York out of the much larger failing ones, schools that parents and students alike have come to loathe and fear. To me, it looks like Mr. Gates is finally getting revenge on his old nemesis, the schools chancellor, Joel Klein, who led the Clinton administration’s antitrust effort against Microsoft. 

    To say that New York City’s high schools are in trouble is an enormous understatement. Unfortunately, the answer to fixing the high schools will not be found in slicing and dicing all of the existing schools into new cutesy themebased mini-schools. 

    The answer to our high school dilemma will come when we fix the education that we are providing to our children, from kindergarten through the 8th grade. It is a sad reality that while small victories can sometimes be realized working with older students, it is exceedingly difficult for these kids to “catch up” once they arrive in high school.  (more…)