ERIC Number: ED160673
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-May
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Boarding Schools: An Alternative Educational Experience for Disadvantaged Children.
Stickney, Benjamin D.
This paper reviews some of the research on compensatory education in the United States and points out that these programs have had little measurable effect on increasing the mean achievement growth rate of the participants, relative to the growth rate of most middle class children. The author recalls his own experiences with boarding school students in rural Nigeria. Initially, these students had been barely literate but the boarding school experience brought about impressive changes in their cognitive skills. A review of residential schooling in Europe and the U.S. indicates that many of the privileged in the society have enjoyed the alternative of boarding schools while the poor have not had this option. In light of the apparent success that boarding schools have had for many years in the education of the privileged and more recently in countries like Nigeria in the education of the disadvantaged, this paper suggests that educators in the U.S. begin giving serious attention to boarding schools as one possible strategy to promote a greater equalization of academic achievement. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Nigeria