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Commenting article: James Leahy, Director of Anglo-American School of Sofia: Bulgarians Now Want First-Class Education

Exclusive interview of Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency) with James Leahy, Director of the Anglo-American School of Sofia, for Novinite's "International Survey: Bulgaria-USA."

James Leahy is responsible for the overall strategic management of the school, the recruitment and management of the human resources and the curriculum development.

Leahy holds a Masters Degree in International Education Leadership from The College of New Jersey, New Jersey, a Masters degree in Secondary Education Towson University, Maryland And a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Whitman College, Washington.

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#1
Nellieherself - 25 Nov 2010 // 01:42:12

Zeev

"It has helped to create a privileged elite class and further the huge gap between the privileged and the ordinary mass of citizens. The US has the greatest income inequality among all industrial nations. Private privileged education has helped to reproduce and widen that gap."

This is how we roll in capitalist societies. Capitalism is the engine that created America's great wealth. How is this a bad thing? Socialism hasn't worked anywhere in the world in the last 50-75 years. As Maggie Thatcher said: "Socialism is a great system until you run out of other people's money".

"The way forward in Bulgaria should probably not be expensive private schooling for a tiny segment of the population, but good cost-free public education for all."

Cost free? Nothing is free, someone has to pay for it. Teachers need to eat too. Who is going to pay their salaries?

"Including the children ofthe wealthiest. That is in the interest of democracy and equity, as most Americans recognize.Children schooled in elite institutions grow up cut off from contact with ordinary kids and their life worlds."

Nonsense! Americans recognize the right of the individual to educate his children any way he sees fit. There are plenty of private schools in America for those who can afford them. There is no equality in the world, there is no equality in nature. That's just how it is. Get over it and move on instead of preaching socialism and sporting envy of the successful and the wealthy.

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Zeev - 24 Nov 2010 // 17:36:19

The fees for the school year are given below (new students, column 2, returning
students, a bit less)
Pre-School ?6,650 ?5,075
Kindergarten - Gr.5 ?17,440 ?15,485
Gr.6 - Gr.8 ?18,330 ?16,375
Gr.9 - Gr.12 ?19,180 ?17,225

Only a very small nouveau riche elite in Bulgaria can possibly afford such fees. Jim's statement "The growing affluence of the Bulgarian population is giving people more opportunity to exercise their free will to choose schools they see as best for their children" might more accurately state "growing affluence of a very small segment of the Bulgarian population." Children of high-paid internationals working in the region who can afford such fees also attend AAS
http://www.aas-sofia.org/admission/fees/ Interesting would be a study of the family backgrounds of the student body, published in an education journal. Also of interest would be data on the Board of Directors of AAS, not mentioned on the website. The teachers at AAS make salaries many times higher than that of their counterparts in BG state education.

The history of private education in many countries, the UK and the US in particular, needs to be looked at critically. It has helped to create a privileged elite class and further the huge gap between the privileged and the ordinary mass of citizens. The US has the greatest income inequality among all industrial nations. Private privileged education has helped to reproduce and widen that gap. This article from the UK stresses how private schools have become the "preserve of the super-rich" http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2010/jun/17/private-school-fee-increases

The way forward in Bulgaria should probably not be expensive private schooling for a tiny segment of the population, but good cost-free public education for all. Including the children ofthe wealthiest. That is in the interest of democracy and equity, as most Americans recognize.Children schooled in elite institutions grow up cut off from contact with ordinary kids and their life worlds.

#3
sarkan - 23 Nov 2010 // 22:37:26

Congratulations Leahy, AAS is a wonderful school and it's been even better with your presence. But it is strange to see you in those businessman suits; I prefer your funny costumes :-)

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