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Why did the Partners of '63 select education? There are many other ills facing our society today.

I am reading this on my grandson's PC. Do I personally need to be PC literate to participate?

You guys are all well paid ex-business executives. Do you really understand what it takes to educate a child, particularly one that is disadvantaged?

My husband is a member of the HBS class of '63. But I did most of the work to raise our kids and probably know more than he does about the "real" problems in our school district. Can I participate in the Partners of '63?

Every Administration in Washington has tried to tackle these problems — but with limited success. They have the resources. What makes you think, the Partners of '63 can make a difference?





Why did the Partners of '63 select education? There are many other ills facing our society today.

In our early meetings, education emerged at or near the top of each participant's list. The issue has reached "crisis" proportions nationwide. It also lends itself to our desire to pool resources and work together on a really major issue. Obviously, on an individual basis, our Classmates and their spouses are working on a wide range of charitable activities — in addition to their involvement with the Partners of '63.


I am reading this on my grandson's PC. Do I personally need to be PC literate to participate?

All of us are over 60. Most delegated "information technology" to others. We tried to develop this Web site with those limitations in mind. Our principal communications will be through email and this Web site. We will also do our best to communicate via "snail mail," but expect a time lag and somewhat less information. Let your grandson teach you, if you need help!


You guys are all well paid ex-business executives. Do you really understand what it takes to educate a child, particularly one that is disadvantaged?

Fair Question. We do not even pretend to be qualified to teach in a grammar school classroom. However, we are serving as resources to others that have had a lot of experience in the trenches. And we are good at understanding complex problems and assessing creative solutions. Can a "fresh look" hurt? Over time, the programs that we support that work and attain documented successes will be our legacy.


My husband is a member of the HBS class of '63. But I did most of the work to raise our kids and probably know more than he does about the "real" problems in our school district. Can I participate in the Partners of '63?

Yes. We welcome and value your interest and participation. However, you have to talk your husband into joining and participating first. Recruit him on our behalf!


Every Administration in Washington has tried to tackle these problems — but with limited success. They have the resources. What makes you think the Partners of '63 can make a difference?

First, over 90% of the money that goes into the education of our children is funded from the State and local levels. Change is needed at local levels.

Second, the "safe" thing for us, personally, is to do nothing. But why should we take the safe, low-risk path?

We all feel passionate that if we approach the issue correctly, and back social entrepreneurs, we can indeed "make a difference." We won't "solve" the whole problem, but we can do our part to help. So we are going to try and realize that we will "stub our toe" along the way. We are putting our own money and, even more important, our time to work in a unique, organized way. Over time, our "track record" will tell the story.


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