Sunday, January 3, 2010

Independent School Reading

On December 10, 1997 I wrote "Getting a Read on Independent Schools" for Education Week where I made reference to books about independent schools.  The usual suspects were mentioned: The Catcher in the Rye, A Separate Peace, The Rector of Justin, A Prayer For Owen Meany, Dead Poet Society, and others.  All of these literary icons came flooding back to me when I read NAIS President Pat Bassett's Independent Perspective Column "An Explication of 'Fisherman's Wife'" and related short story "Fisherman's Wife" by Medb Mahony in the Winter 2010 issue of Independent School magazine.

Pat eloquently ties Mahony's short story to the Brothers Grimm fable "The Fisherman and His Wife" in his thoughtful analysis, helping readers gain one perspective on today's independent schools.

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