Sunday's NY Times has an interview with Kozol which includes this exchange:
NYT: Do you not approve of private schools?
K: They starve the public school system of the presence of well-educated, politically effective parents to fight for equity for all kids.
NYT: Are you saying that parents who send their kids to private school are selfish?
K: I became a close friend of Harold Levy, the former chancellor of New York City public schools, and I found it difficult to condemn him for sending his kids to D*lt*n, even though I wished he had sent them to public school. I think having parents like Harold in the school system would create a stronger political force to make sure that all kids get treated decently.
I'll have more to say after reading the book but in the meantime I wonder if Interim Head read this interview. Last year, he seemingly used a New Yorker article about gift giving to parents as an excuse to get rid of gift giving to teachers at my school. I wonder if he will make a motion to dismantle the school because of negative words about the institution of private schools in a major New York publication.