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ERIC Number: EJ868291
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1052-8938
Horace's Legacy: Learning with Purpose, a Proposal to Add Two New Common Principles
Greenberg, Joe
Horace, v25 n2-3 Fall 2009
As a veteran teacher, Horace Smith fought the creeping disillusionment and cynicism many in the education field experience at times. He did so by asking questions and having the courage and gumption to start a conversation with colleagues about their school. From those early conversations with Horace, new ones emerged. Some were among those who wanted to go deeper with the questions about creatively redesigning ways to approach teaching and learning. Yet others, those who didn't see a need to abandon or challenge the status quo, wanted to discuss the ways that emphasizing rote coverage of a canon of knowledge would be the mark of "cultural literacy." Today, while there have been some impressive and transformational changes and improvements in the ways many schools function, a large proportion of schools remain fixed in what some may refer to as "tried and true" even if that means "tired and blue" for those relegated to teaching and learning in such settings. It doesn't and shouldn't have to be this way. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Coalition of Essential Schools (CES), there seems no better way to honor the legacy of the respectful revolution Ted Sizer and his alter ego Horace Smith than to put forth the call for two new Common Principles to be adopted by the network of forward-thinking schools. Both new Principles are actually well established and in practice at many CES Affiliate schools already, but deserve to be recognized and promoted as key aspects for educating 21st century global citizens. The two new principles warrant serious consideration, as each serves to place emphasis and recognition of the important need and responsibility to educate for sustainability, as well fostering an ethic of engaged service and involvement in one's community. In this article, the author discusses the legacy of Horace Smith and the "essential" purpose of a principle-based education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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