How is ICS like Greenwich, CT?
An article about the public schools in Greenwich quotes two of the researchers we've relied on in making the case for diverse schools like ICS
- RAND researcher Heather Schwartz told the author she's not sure why poorer kids do better in these settings but she notes “High-poverty schools are often lurching from crisis to crisis”
- Richard Kahlenberg says, says the remarkable thing about integration is that it seems to improve outcomes for the poor without diminishing educational attainment among the rich.
And, Christopher Winters, the headmaster of Greenwich High School, "says that the greater diversity of the population makes for a better educational experience for all students. The low-income population has nearly doubled in the past seven years at Greenwich High, and no parent, he said, has complained."
The mom featured in the story notes one non-academic challenge that diverse schools need to address. Home economics:
Estella Rozende, was both worried about what her future in Greenwich had in store for her 4-year-old daughter and also not worried at all. “When she is a teenager, she will want stuff I won’t be able to give her — trips, iPhones,” she said. “I can’t give her what she wants. But I can give her a better life.”
A little trivia: I grew up in Greenwich and attended the local public schools.
Like children everywhere I still remember Ms. Kitchen, my first grade teacher. But as I think about ICS I'm also inspired my Doug Sneed, who taught us to diagram sentences, and Catcher in the Rye and in 8th grade. David Ross, the social studies teacher who taught us about the Vandals, the Goths, and the lyrics to David Bowie's Suffragette City. And Eleanor Carr, who inspired me to write to the South African Embassy and demand Nelson Mandela be released from Robbin Island. (I still have the response they send, insisting that Mandela was a terrorist, convicted at a fair trail - talk about learning critical thinking in a direct way!)
My Greenwich wasn't so diverse. It's nice to think that change, for the good, is coming.