ERIC Number: ED499354
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Reference Count: 5
The Will to Change: A Conversation about Schools and Learning with Dr. James Comer and Dr. Edmund Gordon, Comments by Hugh Price
Coalition for Community Schools
The Fifth National Forum of the Coalition for Community Schools (Baltimore, Maryland, June 16, 2006) provided a historic opportunity for participants to hear two of America's most distinguished educators, Drs. James Comer and Edmund Gordon. These giants in their fields engaged in an animated and thought-provoking exchange on the educational challenges and political inequities facing America's students, families, and schools. Speaking candidly about their own upbringing, as well as reflecting on their research and that of other distinguished colleagues, Drs. Comer and Gordon describe the roots of a dangerously bifurcated American educational system. They argue that society has written off young people whose families and communities cannot compensate for schools' inability to help every child meet increasingly high academic standards. As a result, American democracy, predicated on the educated and informed consent of the governed, is seriously threatened and our national competitiveness is undermined. Their wide-ranging conversation calls for a concerted movement among school, family, and community advocates to agree on a unified message, clear strategy, and long-term commitment to support the full development of every child. While frustrated that policymakers who already know what to do have done so little, they encourage efforts to connect the teaching and learning that occurs inside school with the complementary experiences and supports that occur outside of school. And they emphasize the critical importance of efforts like the Coalition for Community Schools to strategically use information, research, and continued pressure to build the political will for change.
Descriptors: Community Schools, Democracy, Academic Standards, Equal Education, High Risk Students, Disadvantaged Youth, Democratic Values, Social Bias, Educational Improvement, Access to Education, Social Influences, Student Needs
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Coalition for Community Schools, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: United States