ERIC Number: EJ888587
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
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Educating the Whole Child: Could Community Schools Hold an Answer?
Malone, Helen Janc
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v74 n2 p6-8 Oct 2008
Although No Child Left Behind (NCLB) might have left an impression that only standardized tests and adequate yearly progress (AYP) mattered on the general public, the frustration over the narrow curricular focus also has created an opportunity in the education-policy realm, sparking conversations on what it takes to educate the whole child. This article discusses the need for schools to also focus on humanities and arts, highlights the important role that families and communities play in educating the whole child, and emphasizes the effectiveness of community schools. The focus from core academic subjects to humanities and arts could help build skills for the 21st century and provide services and support systems for social-emotional and intellectual development of children and youth. Community (or full-service) schools provide valuable lessons on how a school can help students succeed and make a positive difference in its community. Students in community schools have higher motivation for learning, better school attendance, lower suspension rates, and an overall decrease in risky behaviors.
Descriptors: Suspension, Community Schools, Federal Legislation, Educational Improvement, Federal Programs, Standardized Tests, Educational Indicators, Humanities, Intellectual Development, School Effectiveness, Student Motivation, Attendance, Student Behavior, Fine Arts
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001