I can’t help but wonder what students such a school would serve?  Presumably if Columbia is going to locate several thousand biotech faculty and technicians in lower West Harlem, most, perhaps all of the students included in such a school would be those of Columbia personnel — also lifting the burden of the shortage of places for Columbia faculty in Morningside Heights?   Needless to say what Harlem families who cannot afford private schools need above all is pre-school programs along the lines of those that we experienced for our own children at Bank St. — then the Bank St. College demonstration model for public schools.

We have test results from 3 decades back when such Head Start programs flourished for a time indicating that children from limited cultural backgrounds were twice as likely to thrive as beneficiaries.  France at least among the European countries offers such to all children.  It is the shame of the U.S. that we have pioneered early childhood education and yet do not make it available precisely where it is needed most — in our economically ghettoized communities.  The Manhattanville location is at an ideal transportation hub for bringing in students from all areas in Harlem and even parts of the Bronx as well.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent  718-951-5324 (voice mail only) [blind copies]

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