The Untimely Intersection of Parents and DEI Initiatives: A Conversation with Pat Bassett | 11 Min Read

It was March 9, a cold and overcast day in the northeast, when the Bari Weiss article, The Miseducation of America’s Elites, appeared on the Internet. Two days later, on March 11, Caitlin Flanagan published a piece that could have been a companion to the Weiss article. Both appealed to an audience that enjoys knowing elite educational bastions of power sometimes have serious cracks, becoming center stage, not for their educational excellence, but for alleged scandal or malfeasance. After reading both articles and supporting materials, I decided to approach our resident expert, Pat Bassett, about a possible conversation on the topic of what happens when private schools confront the intersection of their parent community and a livewire issue such as anti-racism. Pat graciously agreed to speak with me on March 17, and we had an enlightening and inspiring conversation. Many of you know Pat Bassett as a life-long independent school teacher, head of school, and association leader, most recently the retired President of NAIS (2013). His thinking and observations certainly resonated with me, and I hope they will with you as well.

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Joel Backon

Joel Backon has been the Editor of Intrepid Ed News since its inception in January 2021, responsible for all educator content on the website. He joined the OESIS Network, owner of Intrepid, in 2019 as Vice President. Joel spent much of his career at Choate Rosemary Hall (CT) where for 27 years he held founding roles in Information and Academic Technology, as well as being a classroom teacher, curriculum designer, coach, dorm head, and student adviser. Prior to Choate, Joel spent 15 years in the printing and publishing industry educating printers on how to maximize their strengths and minimize weaknesses. He has crusaded to achieve consensus on the question of why we educate kids in an effort to meet the learning needs of every student.