Friday, February 1, was our fullest day yet. We met the principal and COO of KIPP Infinity Charter School in West Harlem, http://www.kipp.org/school-content/kipp-infinity-charter-school, then visited classes and saw the program in action first hand. Back at Columbia we discussed our impressions and marveled at the approach, at the deliberate and intentional curriculum. It is impressive and very thought-provoking.
Then we had our next class in philosophy, layering in our new experiences and trying to make some sense of our impressions of that school and reflect on our own schools. My mind is a jumble of ideas and aspirations, but what I value most about the KIPP school and what made the biggest impression on me is the clarity of purpose: it is clear, it is in evidence everywhere and there is no mistaking the mission of the school. Surely there are things we can learn from them as Independent School thought leaders.