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Hyde Schools / Re: Hyde-DC splits from the Hyde Foundation
« on: September 10, 2011, 06:12:55 PM »
Hyde administrators have turned hypocrisy into a fine art.  Countless times, we've observed Hyde rhetoric about character and virtue belied by Hyde staffers' actions.  Throughout Hyde's complex history, the school has been filled with painful contradictions.  Too often, Hyde administrators and faculty have been caught in a web of ruthless, brutal treatment of students, arrogant paternalism, ethical misconduct, and self-serving verbiage. Yes, Hyde has had some good people in its midst, but they've been stained by the Hyde groupies that have sullied it.  Keen observers see Hyde for what it is.  Sadly, too many desperate and vulnerable parents and students head to Hyde with little knowledge of what awaits them.

Hyde Schools / Re: Hyde-DC splits from the Hyde Foundation
« on: August 17, 2011, 10:22:34 PM »
Yet another audience has concluded that it's a serious mistake to affiliate with Hyde.  Close observers learn that Hyde is a terribly flawed enterprise with a very troubling track record.

Hyde Schools / Re: PLEASE HELP!!! Should I send my son to Hyde???
« on: July 29, 2011, 08:19:31 AM »
I just met a family that considered sending their child to Hyde in Sept.  This summer they spoke with staff at length and, by the end of the day, were absolutely convinced that Hyde resembles a cult operation that has a narrow mindset.  The parents are very thoughtful, intelligent and perceptive people.  They have now visited several schools and realize that considering Hyde was a very serious mistake.  They are counting their blessings that they saw the light early.  Before they visited Hyde they knew little about residential schools and did not use an educational consultant.  A relative had heard about Hyde and that's why they visited.  Apparently they later found a good educational consultant who made it clear to them that Hyde has a horrible reputation among many educational consultants and among those outside of the narrow group of Hyde "groupies."  Hyde staff seem to exist within their own bubble and convince themselves of the quality of their approach.  They seem not to realize what much of the outside world, including some of the most impressive educators in the field, thinks of them.

Hyde Schools / Re: PLEASE HELP!!! Should I send my son to Hyde???
« on: March 07, 2011, 09:02:02 PM »
Please DO NOT send your child to Hyde!  This and other websites are full of passionate, thoughtful statements by parents who regret having sent their child to Hyde.  Many, many educational consultants refuse to refer teens to Hyde; they have learned about the intense controversy surrounding the school.  Many professionals question Hyde's draconian, outdated, and simplistic methods.  There are many reputable alternatives.  Please find an educational consultant who is knowledgeable.  I'd be suspicious of any educational consultant who would refer to Hyde.  Hyde has been the subject of intense criticism in a number of professional publications.

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