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Kirp, David L. – American Educator, 2014
For years, points out David L. Kirp, critics have lambasted public schools as fossilized bureaucracies run by paper-pushers and filled with time-serving teachers preoccupied with their job security, not the lives of their students. Yet, as this article describes, running an exemplary school system does not demand heroes or heroics, just hard and…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Urban Education, Scores
Barnett, W. Steven; Frede, Ellen – American Educator, 2010
It's fairly well known that high-quality preschool programs can have life-altering impacts on disadvantaged children, including reductions in school dropout and crime, and increased earnings. Not as well known is that terrific preschool programs have important academic and social benefits for middle-class children too. Decades of research indicate…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Dropouts, Disadvantaged Youth, Public Education
Dubin, Jennifer – American Educator, 2010
This article features a school district in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, that has created a full-day preschool program that helps prepare all children socially and academically for school. For students ages 3 and 4 in Perth Amboy, the two ideas--learning and fun--are one and the same. Through the district's full-day preschool program, teachers…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Preschool Teachers, Children, Curriculum