Michelle Rhee was interviewed by “The City Paper” in Nashville.
The story describes her thus: “A Tennessee transplant, she is turning her attention to schools in her new state.” It also refers to the “roots” she is “setting” in Nashville. Apparently, she never told the reporter that she lives in Sacramento, not Nashville. She describes herself as a “public school parent” because one of her daughters attends public school in Nashville. But she did not acknowledge that her older daughter goes to an excellent private school, Harpeth Hall School (“Nashville, TN’s only independent, college-preparatory school for girls, grades 5-12”).
One can hardly blame her for choosing Harpeth Hall. It has an 8:1 student/teacher ratio, with a median class size of 13. Class sizes in public schools in Nashville and other cities are much, much larger.
I bet that Harpeth Hall does not give standardized tests and does not evaluate teachers based on their students’ test scores.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Michelle Rhee became an advocate for small class size, and for the same goals and purposes for all children that she wants for her own child?
Read here the inspiring mission and purpose of the school in the Faculty handbook:
Harpeth Hall is an independent college preparatory school for young women where each student
realizes her highest intellectual potential, becomes fluent in the sciences, the humanities, and the
arts, and discovers her creative and athletic talents. Harpeth Hall develops responsible citizens who
have global perspectives and make a meaningful contributions to their communities and to the
world. With a tradition of excellence and a commitment to lifelong learning, Harpeth Hall educates
young women to think critically, to lead confidently, and to live honorably.
Our Core Purpose is to nurture a sense of wonder, to cultivate a will and facility for learning, and to
promote cultural understanding, environmental stewardship, and service to others. The pursuit of
these goals will inspire students and faculty to combine knowledge with goodness and reflection