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
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
Mississippis Freedom Schools
67
Education in Barbados and the American Education Dilemma
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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Edited by William Ayers, school reform activist, Distinguished Professor, and Senior University Scholar, Michael Klonsky, Director, Small Schools Workshop, both at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Gabrielle H. Lyon, Director, Project Exploration and education activist.

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