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ERIC Number: ED444794
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reflections on Leonard Covello: Teacher with a Heart.
Perrone, Vito
Leonard Covello was an Italian immigrant who taught in East Harlem (New York City) from 1911 to 1956. This article, composed of excerpts from other works about or by him, illustrates his dedication to reciprocal relationships between school and community that are relevant today for both urban and rural communities. When Covello left school in his junior year to work, he learned that work was an important means of crossing physical and cultural boundaries and that work should be more connected to schools as a vehicle for enabling discussion about racial discrimination. Covello lived in East Harlem because it enabled him to see his students and their families in the streets and in their homes. He recognized that issues such as housing and medical care were important to the community because he lived there, and it was natural for him to involve the school in such issues. The departments in the school developed their curricula around relevant community issues so that local matters formed a base for much of the learning. Covello involved his students in service learning such as citizenship education for immigrants. Covello felt that schools were ideally situated to be centers for democratic education; they are the only social agency that has direct contact with practically every family in the community and this contact is mandatory by law. Schools should therefore cultivate a spirit of friendliness and intelligent cooperation in the building of wholesome social and civic relationships. (TD)
Publication Type: Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)