Watch an informative interview with author Lisa Bloom regarding some of her opinions on Private v Public Schools.
Don’t ask me why this interview is held in a dressing room with what looks like about 25 lightbulbs on a mirror, I don’t have the answer. Although at first the video does seem slightly unprofessional, Lisa bloom does make some interesting points about the differences between public and private schools in the US. For those of you who don’t know Lisa Bloom (the same position i was in before i watched this video) lets give some credentials. Bloom is mostly known for being the host of one of those fantastic court tv shows on par with Judge Judy and Judge Joe Brown, and also for being the daughter of the famous attorney Gloria Allred, but she is also the author of several highly acclaimed books including the New York Times best seller “Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World.” More recently, Bloom has begun to take a stance on the issues surrounding education with her book “Swagger: 10 Urgent Rules for Raising Boys in an Era of Failing Schools, Mass Joblessness, and Thug Culture.” Very interesting, and very long and wordy titles, and maybe an over use of alliteration. This latest book is what fueled the short interview that is posted in the link above.
In the brief two minute discussion, Browns pivotal moment seems to be when she discusses her feelings about moving her two children from a public to a private school. She describes this decision as “gut-wrenching” because they are the first of her entire family to attend a private secondary school. An interesting point in Browns interview was when she stated that she was disappointed in the lack of diversity in the private school that she placed her students in. This seems to be a major issue and possibly a major deciding factor for parents and students when they attempt to decide what school to attend. Although Brown was disheartened by this lack of diversity, it was not enough to keep her children in a school that she believed was providing them with a “better education,” and was not sufficiently challenging enough for them. This idea that private schools provide a better education seems to be a popular belief among americans.
In the end of Browns interview, she discusses how a lack of appropriate funding is the reason why public schools are lagging behind in quality education. this point is hard to argue with, but it was interesting to hear how she believes the problem is due to a lack of priorities in regard to how we spend our money in the public sector. Rather than spending our money on public schools, she states, we spend it on jails and prisoner reforms. I realize that she is using this purely as an example for priority spending, but this blurs her argument by presenting the issue as binary, with the decision either being 1) spend money on public schools or 2) spend money on jails. There are many different ways that this money is spent in the public sector, and although i do agree that public schools are not prioritized as much as they should be, the decision is not between either jail or public schools, as Brown seems to present it.
I do think that this interview has its problems, but i also think that Brown provides some interesting insights on one mothers decision to pull her children out of the public education system. Next time i hope she speaks in front of a mirror with more lightbulbs, 25 didn’t feel like enough this time.