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ERIC Number: ED371912
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 45
Abstractor: N/A
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You Can Get There from Here: Involving the Community in Children's Aspirations. A Proposal for Tremont Consolidated Grammar School, Tremont, Maine.
Lawrence, Barbara Kent
Tremont Consolidated Grammar School (Maine) has changed little in the past 50 years. The wisdom of Paulo Freire and other educators shows that student empowerment, critical thinking, and parent involvement are necessary for true education, particularly for oppressed people. An ecological approach to education involves the family, the community, business people, and educators to benefit students. The work of the Institute for Responsive Education (IRE), the League of Schools Reaching Out, and the Center for Families, Schools, Communities and Children's Learning are built on these assumptions. These organizations have developed techniques, often involving action research teams, to improve communication among school constituencies. These ideas can be applied to Tremont Consolidated Grammar School in a rural community on Mount Desert Island in Maine. Tremont is the poorest town on the Island with low rates of postsecondary education, despite high achievement scores and high school success. Many cultural traits of the homogeneous population of Tremont promote education, but other traits impede students' aspirations to higher education. Programs and strategies for raising educational aspirations are suggested that involve the whole community and address the cultural factors of fatalism, constancy, fear of children leaving the area, reluctance to assume debt, fear of the dominant society, lack of critical sense, fear of community criticism, pettiness and small mindedness, and reluctance to think abstractly or develop long-term goals. Contains 72 references. (KS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Maine