Is it more important to go to a great school or a school near where you want to teach?
When California resident Joshua Arnold gained acceptance to Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, his decision to attend seemed simple—the school is first rate, and Harvard offered him a full scholarship. Harvard’s mix of innovative theory and practical experience was exhilarating, but Arnold isn’t sure how well it prepared him for the challenges he faces as a principal in South Central Los Angeles, knowledge he might have gained had he gone to ed school closer to home. “My program never talked about educating Latino students in the ways I needed or wanted,” Arnold says. “Educating Latino students is not as much of a concern in Boston as it is in Los Angeles. In L.A. it’s a really critical issue.” … read more