Why Do They Do It?

A little philosophy, first. Independent institutions are privileged. We do not have to react to the whims of the continuing state, nor to every or any educational development. We can increase our time attuned to students and how they learn, and to the introduction of a curriculum that enriches them and motivates the behavior and skills of 3rd party thinkers. Or simply good education! Educators do not react to the same incentives as businesspeople and school heads have much less clout than their corporate counterparts to foster improvement.

Most educators want higher wages but react badly to offers of money for performance. Merit pay, so regular in the organization world, has an unpleasant background in education. Isn’t firing the bad instructor likely to make all of those (statistically) great educators feel better about themselves? How do we allow our leading private, 3rd party, market-based schools to market such gobbledygook? Why take action is performed by them?

Testing out the latest and biggest educational improvement strategies independently students, before those strategies get examined on low-income children in overcrowded urban classrooms? Why aren’t the planks of directors of the schools – a lot of whom are market leaders in “business” – challenging that they change their outmoded ways? Because what they are doing works!

At least in conditions of their success in carrying on to entice students and produce successful graduates. Now, that’s not to say that these colleges are completely stagnant, adopting new strategies or reforms never. They do new stuff all the time (technology integration, etc.) – just not the absurd reform stuff being dumped upon public schools by policymakers who oftentimes choose to send their own children to private impartial schools. In my own repeated pleas to private school leaders to provide insights into current actions in teacher evaluation and settlement, I’ve actually found little change from these core principles of almost a decade ago.

Private independent colleges don’t just open fire at will and fire often and teacher settlement remains very predictable and typically structured. I’d like to know, from my private school readers, how many of their schools have adopted state mandated exams? Private independent colleges pride themselves on offering small class sizes (see also here), and a diverse array of curricular opportunities, as well as arts, sports, and other enrichment – the full package.

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And, as I’ve shown in my own prior research, private impartial institutions charge tuition and spend on a per pupil basis at levels higher than traditional open public school districts working in the same labor market. They pay their headmasters well also! That’s not to say they are anything like “no excuses” charter schools.

They aren’t in many ways. However, they are non-reformy equally. In fact, the common school year in private independent schools is shorter not longer than in traditional public schools – about 165 days. And the average student weight of teachers working in private independent schools (course sections on class size) is a lot lower in the normal private independent school than in traditional public schools.

But that is not reform stuff at all, any longer than trying to boost outcomes of low-income kids by adding hours and providing tutoring. None-the-less, for some reason, well-educated people who have the available resources, keep choosing these non-reformy and expensive institutions. Some of these schools have been around for some time too! Perhaps there are a few lessons to be learned from market-based systems. 0 and where complex statistical models are used to annually deselect non-productive employees.