How Much Does a Good Education Cost?


The city I grew up in has a population of about 130,000 and income levels ranging from the millions to the low thousands. There are two public high schools, five public middle schools, and twelve public elementary schools. Every few years, the superintendent has to redistrict all of these schools. The redistricting happens because of funding. Stamford (the city I grew up in) has three very distinct areas; there is the lower class area right near the downtown area, the middle class area which is surrounded by various shopping centers, and the upper-class which is located away pretty far from the chaotic city life.  The two public high schools pulled in students from two very different districts. Stamford High School had about a quarter of the students from the upper-class, half of the middle-class, and three-quarters from the lower-class. Westhill, on the other hand, had the majority of students from the upper-class families and very few from the lower-income areas. Which school do you think had more funding?
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Greed is Good?


I know, cliche to use a movie titled “Wall Street” in a blog post about comparing a film to business ethics. But I couldn’t help but draw the direct ‘shareholder wealth vs stakeholder’ analogy to the 1987 blockbuster hit. The movie portrayed a wall street millionaire/billionaire, corporate-raiding Gordon Gekko, and the journey of a young stock broker named Bud Fox.

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