JOHN: Having worked in and with schools all over the country--and I mean all over, Honolulu to Boston, Minneapolis to Miami--and in every major sector--public, public charter, Catholic, and independent--I know that all educators want essentially the same things for children. They want them to develop the knowledge and skills to lead productive lives, they want them to grow into good, healthy, and happy adults. They want them to become contributing citizens of their communities and the nation. They want them to fulfill their potential, whatever that may be--academic, artistic, athletic, and more. Shared aspirations provide the common ground on which leaders can bring differences together.
As educators we have our differences. Resources are increasingly scarce. This is true in public schools, where taxpayers are mostly strapped, and in independent schools, where family incomes have not kept pace with the expenses or tuitions of our schools. The toughest issue we all face may be how we allocate resources within our schools in the future.