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ERIC Number: EJ868305
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1052-8938
Ted, Expecting Us
Cushman, Kathleen
Horace, v25 n2-3 Fall 2009
In a roomful of people, Ted Sizer always went right to the kids. With merry eyes and delighted smile, he would adjust his tall frame so he could speak directly with the young one. Then he would ask just the right question about what this interesting person was thinking and doing. One could tell that the conversation engaged Sizer completely. He was bringing out the best, both personally and intellectually, in the young person who was talking to him. In this article, the author describes Sizer's quality of "unanxious expectation" which illuminated every action that she saw Sizer take, during the 25 years he guided the Coalition of Essential Schools on its brave and often perilous mission. The CES Common Principle that describes "a tone of decency and trust" captures this quality as a value that must infuse a school if students are to learn to use their minds well. One could also see Sizer's unanxious expectation as he sat listening to teachers puzzle over what material they could give up, in order for students to understand more deeply. One could see it as he nudged district administrators to rethink traditional school structures so that teachers could know every student well. One could see it when he put the weight of his formidable reputation behind the Coalition's visionary upstarts who imagined schooling in completely different forms.
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; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A