Archive for April 8th, 2005

8th April

First Published in The New York Sun, April 8, 2005

By Andrew Wolf

In the discussion about fixing our school system, the one word we never seem to hear anymore is “neighborhood.” We hear about small schools and big schools, charter schools and noncharter schools, themed schools and nonthemed schools, public schools and parochial schools. We hear a lot about choice, but little about community.

Maybe it is time to bring this idea back into the discussion. It has often been said that New York is a great city because it comprises great neighborhoods. The schools are certainly a part of what defines neighborhood success, and during the period that New York City’s public school system was generally considered the finest in the land, this certainly was so. (more…)