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ERIC Number: ED363874
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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What about Dick? In Search of English Classrooms That Work for the Unspecial.
Brewbaker, James M.
Most high school students fall into the "unspecial" category--they are not at either extreme of achievement, and they receive a small share of the fiscal and human resources of their schools. Anxieties about these average students' performance in high school and their tendency to clog college developmental English and math classes sparked much of the reform literature of the 1980s. Curriculum reform in the 1980s went in either of two basic directions: tighten the screws on local systems to make sure they were accountable for toughened policies and curriculum guidelines established in the state house; and empower local systems and center reform in the hands of teachers and building-level administrators. What has become known as the "restructuring movements" began for some with the second direction and the formation of the Coalition of Essential Schools in 1985. The Coalition is a national network of public and private schools committed to a ground-up reconceptualization of schools and to nine common principles about what a good school is and how teachers and students in good schools spend their time. Two of the principles add up to a strong commitment to heterogenous grouping. Essential schools, and others which implement their practices, offer the best hope for all students. In 1989, the National Council of Teachers of English also recommended heterogeneous grouping. (Contains 53 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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