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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William Ayers is Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago (retired), and founder of both the Small Schools Workshop and the Center for Youth and Society, where he taught courses in interpretive and qualitative research, urban school change, and teaching and the modern predicament. A graduate of the University of Michigan, the Bank Street College of Education, Bennington College, and Teachers College, Columbia University, Ayers has written extensively about social justice, democracy and education, the cultural contexts of schooling, and teaching as an essentially intellectual, ethical, and political enterprise. He is currently the vice-president of the curriculum studies division of the American Educational Research Association.

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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