ERIC Number: ED310176
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
New Schools for the Disadvantaged.
Levin, Henry M.
This paper outlines the types of schooling programs that will build on the strengths of educationally disadvantaged students to bring them into the educational mainstream as well as to prepare them for economic, political, and social participation. Without intervention on behalf of the disadvantaged, the following results may occur: (1) a dual society with a large uneducated underclass; (2) disruption in higher education; (3) national economic deterioration; and (4) rising costs of public services. The educational plight of the disadvantaged is outlined. Any strategy for improving their situation must begin at the elementary level, and must be dedicated to preparing students for doing high quality work in secondary school. Such a strategy is the Accelerated School, a transitional elementary school that brings disadvantaged children up to grade level by the completion of the sixth grade. The following aspects of the Accelerated School are discussed: (1) school-based governance; (2) goals; (3) pupil and school assessment; (4) nutrition and health; (5) curriculum; (6) instructional strategies; (7) community resources; (8) parental participation and training; and (9) extended daily session. The major organizational dimensions of change required for transforming schools into accelerated learning institutions are discussed, and steps to assist the transformation are suggested. An 18-item list of references is included. (BJV)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Curriculum Design, Disadvantaged Environment, Educational Change, Educational Objectives, Educational Strategies, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Education, Extended School Day, High Risk Students, Mastery Learning, Parent Participation, Potential Dropouts, Remedial Instruction, School Based Management, School Community Relationship, School Organization, Supplementary Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Mid-Continent Regional Educational Lab., Aurora, CO.