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ERIC Number: EJ868296
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1052-8938
Ted Sizer's Opening Remarks, Fall Forum 2000, Providence, Rhode Island
Sizer, Theodore
Horace, v25 n2-3 Fall 2009
This article presents Ted Sizer's opening remarks during the Fall Forum in 2000 at Providence, Rhode Island. In his opening remarks, Sizer reviews what the Coalition of Essential Schools (CES) is, and what it is not. CES, he contends, is not a fixed school design but rather, a set of ideas, ideas and conditions and convictions, called principles, which, on the basis of substantial experience and research, strike many as an essential part of life in a worthy school. It's ideas, not specific practices, which drive one's work. Precisely how those principles play out in practice will necessarily and happily vary from place to place. And in any one place, the practical expression of those principles will play out over time. Like all human gatherings, a school is in constant motion. Who is there, and why they are there, and the moment in time in which they are gathered, affect the community. The trick, he says, is to gather the particular genius of each place at a given moment in time to provide concrete experience, around which the principles work.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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