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ERIC Number: EJ752811
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-May
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0094-0771
"The Best Education for the Best is the Best Education for All"
Arambula-Greenfield, Teresa; Gohn, A. Janelle
Middle School Journal (J3), v35 n5 p12-21 May 2004
Webster Middle School, situated in a large Midwestern city, serves primarily an African-American, lower-to middle-class population. As with many other schools in similar geographic and demographic situations, the academic performance of its students was very poor, the physical facilities were in decay, and enrollments were dropping, with only 250 students in a school built to accommodate more than 500. For these reasons, and because it was one of many essentially ethnically homogeneous schools in a district under recent pressure to desegregate, the district had targeted the school for closure; in 1985 all staff were "surplused" and the building was closed. However, school officials and its community, in a major effort to revitalize themselves, began a radical experiment in education. This experiment was founded on the Paideia philosophy of education (Adler, 1982), and over the next few years Paideia essentially transformed this failing school into a regional model. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A