ERIC Number: ED434496
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Oct-13
Reference Count: N/A
Schools as Centers of Community: Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley.
Riley, Richard W.
The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education provides his viewpoints on maintaining strong public support for public education by reaching out to every part of the community. The Secretary urges Congress to act on school modernization. He discusses the emerging focus of architecture that now creates schools as community learning centers and the benefits of bringing the entire community into the process of school design. The Secretary argues for building smaller schools to help foster educational and operational efficiencies and presents a few ideas for accomplishing this goal. He further argues that smaller schools can help parents become more involved in their schools, can effect residential growth patterns and impact suburban sprawl, and can provide the catalyst for bringing a community together in reviving a neighborhood. Further argued is the concept of building new schools that are multi-purpose in nature in order to bring the school closer to a community. Finally, the Secretary stresses the importance of linking schools to other learning centers such as museums, businesses, and environmental centers in order to enhance the learning experience. (GR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Office of the Secretary.