Writing in the New York Times, Michael Winerip profiles dozens of high-profile advocates of public education reform who attended private school. The list ranges from members of Congress (Ted Kennedy and John Boehner), governors (George W. and Jeb Bush), members of Presidential administrations (Arne Duncan, Barack Obama), and even public school administrators (Michelle Rhee, Cathleen Black). Winerip asks rhetorically,
Does a private school background give them a much-needed distance and fresh perspective to better critique and remake traditional public schools? Does it make them distrust public schools — or even worse — poison their perception of them? Or does it make any difference?