You may have heard me rant about how my alma mater (Breck School, in MN, not Swarthmore) has gotten worse over the years. I think this article puts a finger on why:
I loved my time at Breck, and I had great friends and teachers. But I saw a trend bubbling up through the lower classes, one of snobby children of rich and distant parents. I heard about reduced academic standards for admission. During my junior year, I saw the best choir teacher the school ever had be forced out due to politics, and an administration willing to kowtow to parents with money.
At one point, had I been in Minneapolis and had the means, I would have sent my (theoretical) children to Breck. Now, I’m not even sure if I could help support the school financially. I think the administration is in need of some serious upheaval. I can’t imagine many of more former teachers staying on as their classes get progressively worse.