ERIC Number: EJ858803
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Reference Count: 7
Are High-Quality Schools Enough?
Bracey, Gerald W.
Principal Leadership, v10 n1 p64-67 Sep 2009
In this article, the author talks about "the Harlem miracle" described by "New York Times" columnist David Brooks and the big effects produced by no-excuses schools. The author first examines "economic inequality" in Berliner's (2009) more specific terms--seven out-of-school factors that affect achievement. These are: (1) low birth weight (LBW); (2) available quality health care; (3) food insecurity; (4) pollutants; (5) family relations and stress; (6) neighborhood norms; and (7) extended learning opportunities. Then, the author describes Harlem Promise Academy, a charter middle school in Geoffrey Canada's grand experiment, the Harlem Children's Zone, and examines the "miracle" described by Brooks to be sure if it is not just a mirage. Harlem Promise Academy appears to be a one-of-a-kind school that is designed precisely to offset some of the out-of-school factors that Berliner (2009) described. The author found that the Promise Academy is performing miracles only in one grade, in one year, and in one subject--mathematics--on the New York state tests.
Descriptors: Suburban Schools, Body Weight, Foreign Countries, Educational Quality, Academic Achievement, Birth, Access to Health Care, Food, Pollution, Family Relationship, Stress Variables, Neighborhoods, Norms, Educational Opportunities, Middle Schools, Program Descriptions, Mathematics Tests, Mathematics Achievement
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York