ERIC Number: ED059324
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Dec
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Innovations in Public Education in New York City. City Almanac, Volume 6, Number 4, December 1971.
Dentler, Robert A.
Five major themes mark the development of public education in New York City from its early nineteenth century beginning to the mid-twentieth century: (1) the effort to provide free education for all children through the twelfth grade; (2) the development of special schools and programs for gifted youth; (3) the development of programs for children with special difficulties; (4) the elaboration of a highly standardized grade structure, curriculum, and procedures for the mass of children; and, (5) a contrasting theme of experimentation and innovation. A strong impetus to innovation came in the mid-1960's with the passage of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which brought 60 to 85 million dollars a year for four years in to the system targeted explicitly for innovative programs in schools in poverty areas. Although the rate of success was not high, Federal aid did trigger a search for alternatives to the traditional school and stimulated the development of bi-lingual education in a number of schools, the introduction of the Open Door approach, and revised methods for teaching reading and mathematics in the elementary schools. Decentralization offers the potential for improvement in schools through the involvement of local residents as teacher aides and the effort to modify curriculum to fit the needs of the particular student body. (Author/JM)
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Authoring Institution: New School for Social Research, New York, NY.
Identifiers: Elementary Secondary Education Act Title I; New York
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