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ERIC Number: EJ868295
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1052-8938
In the Company of Teachers
Wood, George
Horace, v25 n2-3 Fall 2009
Being in the company of teachers is at the heart of the Coalition. The center of Ted Sizer's work, of his life, of CES, is the life of the teacher. "Horace's Compromise," the first of Sizer's well known series about teachers and school change, imparted a sympathetic portrait of Horace Smith, a teacher trying to make a difference in a system designed for control rather than learning. Rather than fault Horace for his many shortcomings, Sizer ached for him and the compromises he made to get through the school day while keeping his sanity and teaching a few children. Sizer wanted for Horace a school, what was to be Horace's School, where teachers practiced their craft in the service of helping young people to use their minds well. When Sizer started CES, he could not have imagined how many lives he would change. Teachers have become more empowered and taken more control of their craft. Students have found themselves more engaged in genuine learning tasks and leave school more than ready for college, careers, and citizenship. And some communities have experienced a renaissance in their local schools. Now the task is to reclaim the legacy of genuine school restructuring and speak loudly on the local, state, and national stages for schools that are equitable, engaging, and challenging.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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