A Simple Justice: The Challenge of Small Schools

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William Ayers, Michael Klonsky, Gabrielle H. Lyon
Teachers College Press, 2000 - Education - 198 pages
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The main players in the small school movement present their case in favor of smaller school size as an achievable educational reform goal. Small schools are a proven success on many levels: higher test scores, lower dropout rates, and a decrease in violence. Eloquent essays link the struggle for small schools, an important school restructuring strategy, to the ongoing pursuit of social justice.
  

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Contents

Our Country Is Rich Our People Are Poor
9
Grounded Insights
19
The Crisis of Relationships
33
John Dewey as a Philosophical Basis for Small Schools
53
Education for Activism Mississippis Freedom Schools
67
Where Race and Class Are Not an Excuse Reflections
78
Portraits in Practice
91
Practicing Social Justice in the High School Classroom
110
When Jamas Is Enough Creating a School for a Community
125
Landscapes and Lessons
137
Life After Small Schools The Mets Quest for Social Justice
159
A Small Price to Pay for Justice
168
Engaging the System
180
About the Editors and Contributors
189
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William Ayers is Professor at the College of Education, University of Illinois, Chicago. His recent publications include "Race Course Against White Supremacy" (with Bernadine Dohrn) and the "Handbook of Social Justice in Education" (with Therese Quinn and David Stovall).

Klonsky is Director of the Small Schools Workshop at the University of Illinois at Chicago, president of the editorial board of Catalyst, Chicago's school reform journal and a faculty member at the UIC College of Education.

Lyon is a writer and researcher who has been an activist in the Chicago Small Schools Movement since 1995.

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