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Moran, Martin – Schools: Studies in Education, 2009
In an election season, the discussion of politics in the classroom can become a minefield of potential disasters for students and teachers alike both in relation to the material being discussed and the social, emotional, and overall identity development of the students. Through a concentrated effort involving curricular activities as well as…
Descriptors: Extracurricular Activities, Politics, Student Development, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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Gasoi, Emily – Schools: Studies in Education, 2009
In the current climate of high stakes testing and tough love rhetoric, many educational stakeholders have become increasingly reliant on standardized test scores to determine whether or not individual students, teachers, and schools--and even entire districts and states--are successful. In contrast to the black and white picture that test-driven…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Accountability, Values, Educational Principles
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Woodfin, Libby – Schools: Studies in Education, 2009
"Finding True North" tells the story of two remarkable schools in Rochester, New York. World of Inquiry School 58 and Genesee Community Charter School are successful on every traditional measure, with some of the highest test scores in New York State, and a host of awards and honors between them. What's different about these schools,…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Urban Areas, Teaching Methods, Urban Schools
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Spradling, Rick – Schools: Studies in Education, 2009
American public school education was founded, in large measure, on the ideals of Horace Mann's leadership of Massachusetts schools in the 1800s. Later in that same century, private schools began to emerge and serve those disaffected with Mann's "common schools," and tension between publicly funded and privately paid education arose. This…
Descriptors: Educational History, Public Education, Private Education, Inservice Teacher Education
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Berkman, James S. – Schools: Studies in Education, 2009
While attending the Klingenstein Center's Heads of Schools Program at Teachers College, Columbia University, fellows studied Horace Mann's nineteenth-century vision for a "common school" that would unite all citizens; they considered whether this model is still best suited to serve a democratic society and questioned how current…
Descriptors: Democracy, School Choice, Principals, Role of Education
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Copeland, Mo – Schools: Studies in Education, 2009
Horace Mann's vision of a common school to educate American children has not been realized. Instead, our country is experimenting with many different kinds of schools: charters, independents, parochials, and magnets, to name a few. These schools fill a particular niche for families, with the potential to focus education to the needs of each child.…
Descriptors: Public Education, Equal Education, Charter Schools, Parochial Schools
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Gardner, Howard – Schools: Studies in Education, 2008
Concerns about the future rightly focus on the enterprise of education. The quality of that enterprise rests on our ability to conceive in the present the capacities and abilities that will sustain and enrich the future lives of our students. The minds considered here are discrete accomplishments that young people should be able to find and…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Evaluation, Educational Practices, Educational Trends
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Cottle, Thomas J. – Schools: Studies in Education, 2008
This article offers yet another look at the challenge of teaching, in this case through the eyes of writers like John Passmore, Michael Novak, and Emmanuel Levinas. It is an attempt to combine the fundamental qualities of good teaching as set forth by Passmore, with the notion of "caritas", literally meaning willing the good of the other, and the…
Descriptors: Democracy, Ideology, Political Issues, Ethics
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Katch, Jane – Schools: Studies in Education, 2008
Many adults are afraid of boys' play today, believing that the aggression that is so common in boys' fantasies is dangerous and might make them become violent men. This personal reflection describes the importance of multiage play in showing little boys how to become big boys while encouraging empathy and emotional growth in older boys. The author…
Descriptors: Play, War, Empathy, Males
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Kellum, Ronald – Schools: Studies in Education, 2008
The end of World War II was imminent by July of 1945 when 80-year-old progressive educator Flora Cooke of Chicago criticized Senator Theodore Bilbo of Mississippi for filibustering a bill that provided oversight in the government's awarding of military contracts and in its hiring practices. He interpreted the bill as a threat to the South's…
Descriptors: Legislators, War, Racial Factors, African Americans
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Mackenzie, Sarah V.; Marnik, George F. – Schools: Studies in Education, 2008
In order to meet the needs of evolving school leaders, university professors and others who provide professional development must rethink and expand their roles. Based on experiences as instructors in a leadership development program, the authors had the opportunity to explore and understand more fully how leaders grow. This article describes our…
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Leadership Training, Adult Learning, Adult Students
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Hirsch, Miriam – Schools: Studies in Education, 2008
This article follows the author's research on the integration of an aesthetic arts initiative in a private elementary school with an established traditional arts program. The narrative describes the sequence of events, interpersonal interactions, and learning experiences in the format of a full-length dramatic performance. Informed by Ben Peretz's…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Aesthetic Education, Educational Environment, Integration Studies
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Williams, Rufus – Schools: Studies in Education, 2008
The president of the Chicago Board of Education reflects on the career trajectory that led him to his current position.
Descriptors: Reflection, Boards of Education, Public Officials, Evaluation
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Lam, Bick Har – Schools: Studies in Education, 2008
Two decades after I left teaching primary school for a university career, I observed students and teachers in a mainstream primary school in Hong Kong. There were three main student communities within the school. Those who were labeled extremely low achievers were taught in a small class of not more than 12; these students were taught a curriculum…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Discipline Problems, Low Achievement, Academic Achievement
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Knoester, Matthew – Schools: Studies in Education, 2008
In this essay, the author describes his understanding and experience with descriptive review processes, as developed by Patricia Carini (Himley 2000) and members of the Prospect Center in North Bennington, VT. The author critically reviews the benefits and limitations of using descriptive review as a form of assessment of students, teaching…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Essays, Student Evaluation, Educational Practices
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