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Carillo, Francisco – Schools: Studies in Education, 2011
One of the most important problems in education is that of inculcating a sense of citizenship. Most of the social and political disturbances in the world are due to the failure to perform duties and the false interpretation of rights--both apparently the outcome of ignorance. For that reason, it is most important that children should be accustomed…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Role of Education, Citizenship Education, Educational Methods
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Hantzopoulos, Maria – Schools: Studies in Education, 2011
As zero tolerance policies and retributive disciplinary codes proliferate among public schools throughout the country, this essay reflects upon one school's nontraditional model of school "discipline" as an alternative to such punitive policies. In particular, this essay explores the fairness committee at Humanities Preparatory Academy…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Discipline, Zero Tolerance Policy, Decision Making Skills
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Hawkes, T. Elijah – Schools: Studies in Education, 2011
Exile has its place. As an age-old human response to conflict, its potential value to the healthy maturation of students and the school community should not be discounted. Exile or ostracism goes by various names in school. Students are told: Move your desk. Leave the classroom and wait in the hall. Go to the office. Go to detention. You're…
Descriptors: High Schools, Principals, Discipline, Suspension
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Cuevas, Geovanni; Kralovec, Etta – Schools: Studies in Education, 2011
This story captures the tensions that existed when a small charter high school attempted to provide powerful leadership opportunities for students who had few. It details the process and outcome of offering students leadership roles in designing and implementing a student-led discipline committee. In the process, much changed at the school. The…
Descriptors: High Schools, Charter Schools, Committees, Student Empowerment
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Seher, Rachel – Schools: Studies in Education, 2011
This article shows the process through which one teacher and a group of eleventh-graders worked to create spaces for democratic education in a hierarchically organized New York City public school that is heralded as a model of success under current reform initiatives. In response to student resistance to a required unit on Tim O'Brien's novel, The…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Public Schools, Grade 11, School Culture
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Hawkes, T. Elijah – Schools: Studies in Education, 2011
American educators are expected to be partners in the rearing of our children, with crucial roles in children's intellectual and moral development both. We therefore must find thoughtfully balanced ways of assessing school performance and engineering school reform. In this essay, a high school principal reflects on recent accountability reforms in…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Public Schools, Accountability, Educational Change
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Carter, Carolyn J. – Schools: Studies in Education, 2011
Charter school administrators weathered start-up woes, among them challenging students with unmet needs, verbal assaults, dwindling student enrollment, and a first-year budget deficit exceeding $200,000 to implement a reading improvement strategy that holds promise for helping at-risk students read better, a point particularly underscored…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Urban Teaching, Charter Schools, Small Schools
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Robinson, Theresa Y.; Jeremiah, Maxine – Schools: Studies in Education, 2011
As part of the Small Schools movement in Chicago Public Schools, a high school dedicated to African-centered education was chartered. The virtues of Ma'at and the Nguzo Saba, otherwise known as the seven principles of Kwanza, were the foundational principles of the school and were to be integrated into all of the practices and policies of the…
Descriptors: Direct Instruction, Afrocentrism, African American Culture, Small Schools
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Hawkes, T. Elijah – Schools: Studies in Education, 2011
Given the way that student, teacher, principal, and school testing and accountability measures are currently leaning, it is understandable why a child's moral development sometimes gets less attention than her aptitude in algebra. Yet even with nearly all major accountability incentives heaped upon the tests in math and English, there are still…
Descriptors: Role of Education, Moral Development, Accountability, Needs Assessment
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Cottle, Thomas J. – Schools: Studies in Education, 2010
The philosopher Emmanuel Levinas suggested that the most ethical act possible is the discovery that one has assumed responsibility for the other. In fact it is the other that makes possible the genuine exploration of the self, an act dominating the adolescent era of development. Although rarely appearing in educational literature, Levinas has…
Descriptors: Teacher Influence, Teacher Responsibility, Student Development, Teaching (Occupation)
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Pignatelli, Frank – Schools: Studies in Education, 2010
In this essay I examine what it could mean to act courageously in the midst of the troubling, disabling degree of standardization taking hold in schools. What does it take to express what I call "everyday courage"? First, there are no guarantees that one's good work will produce the outcomes one desires and is committed to realizing. I call this…
Descriptors: Cultural Differences, Academic Standards, Standardized Tests, Creativity
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Goulah, Jason – Schools: Studies in Education, 2010
This article examines Francis W. Parker's (1837-1902) and Tsunesaburo Makiguchi's (1871-1944) views of harmonious community life as the goal of education through bilingual analysis of Parker's "My Pedagogic Creed" (1897) and Makiguchi's On the Significance of Social Aspects that Mr. Parker Says Should be Incorporated into the School Experience…
Descriptors: Community, Educational Objectives, Educational Philosophy, Educational Researchers
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Baylin, Eric – Schools: Studies in Education, 2010
The article is a personal account of my engagement with some recent neuroscientific theory put forth by Mary Helen Immordino-Yang (University of Southern California) about the integral relationship between emotion and cognition. Specifically, the research suggests the necessity of engaging students on an emotional level in order to thoroughly…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Cognitive Processes, Psychological Patterns, Photography
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O'Connor, John S. – Schools: Studies in Education, 2010
The story of students' lives in schools is frequently related through the reductive prism of educational bureaucracy. Students are often narrowly defined by IQ scores, standardized test results, ability groupings, and the like. Such measures are more interested in sorting students into types than in fostering students' growth as unique human…
Descriptors: Story Telling, Student School Relationship, Student Empowerment, Reflection
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Beaton, Anne M. – Schools: Studies in Education, 2010
Why do I do that to myself? As a secondary English teacher, I want desperately for my students to pursue their own interests in their writing, but then I am stuck negotiating topics that push the envelope (read: make me uncomfortable): suicide attempts, cutting, abusive boyfriends, and drug use. When a student noted on his submission that it had…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Secondary School Students, Student Interests, Academic Freedom
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