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ERIC Number: EJ853137
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1052-8938
How Much Is Learned when We're Not Looking: The Promise of CES Elementary Schools
Meier, Deborah
Horace, v23 n3 Fall 2007
In the mid-1980s, the author discovered the soon-to-be-Coalition of Essential Schools as she was contemplating starting a secondary school in East Harlem, a follow-up to their successful little network of progressive-minded elementary schools: Central Park East, Central Park East II, and River East. Through a series of lucky connections, she and her colleagues got Ted Sizer interested in their new venture, and thus was founded Central Park East Secondary School (CPESS) in the fall of 1985. One of the lessons of their Coalition-style elementary school work was the power of the connection between five year olds and 18 year olds, and the thread that runs through those years to produce a truly powerful educational experience. Together, they threaten what America truly needs and undermine the best of what people once were. A new K-12 drive to turn schooling into a business--with the bottom line being test scores, test scores, test scores--isn't even good for business. The new leadership of school reform, personified in NYC by Klein and Bloomberg, is driving schools to pay for results, offering financial rewards to children, teachers, and principals who improve scores (by any means necessary). Win or lose, people will pay a price. The Coalition needs to rethink deeply the implications of its views about secondary education as they apply to younger children. Educators need to relink the world of adults to the world of childhood, in all its facets. Not just the world of adult leisure, but the world of adult craftsmanship.
Coalition of Essential Schools. 1330 Broadway Suite 600, Oakland, CA 94612. Tel: 510-433-1451; Fax: 510-433-1455; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York