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February 2012 | Volume 69 | Number 5
For Each to Excel
Richard Weissbourd and Trevor Dodge
As poor schools struggle with brutal budget cuts, some affluent schools are engaging in an opulence arms race.
A couple of years ago, my daughter transferred from a public high school to Beaver Country Day School, an independent school outside Boston. On the first parent night, I asked another parent his view of the school. Beaver, he complained, "doesn't have enough land."
What was he talking about? Beaver is cradled on 15 acres of generous, lush, rolling hills and athletic fields. Picking up on my puzzlement, he clarified, "You should visit other schools around here if you want to see what's possible."
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