Deborah Meier’s Stand on Central Park East I: A Crucible for Progressive Education

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In 1974, a small elementary school blossomed in East Harlem. The seeds were planted by Deborah Meier, renowned thinker, teacher, principal, education activist, and recipient of a McArthur “genius” award. Blessed by Anthony Alvarado, a forward-thinking superintendent in New York City, Central Park East I became a beacon of progressive, child-centered practice.

The school embodies Meier’s vision. “Democracy demands we acknowledge everyone’s inalienable capacity to be an inventor, dreamer, and theorist—to count in the larger scheme of things,” she wrote in The Power of Their Ideas. She warned us long ago about the dire . . . Read full article →

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Segregation: The Achilles' Heel of Bill de Blasio's Pre-K Initiative

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September 9th marks the first birthday of Bill de Blasio’s universal preschool initiative, a cornerstone of his agenda to combat inequality. On this day the largest and most segregated school district in the nation will greet its children.

Segregation is hardly a new phenomenon in New York City. It’s been going on for a long time, condemning our most vulnerable children to educational exile. But last year, the red flag flew all the way across the country from UCLA’s Civil Rights Project, which released a damning report on inequality in the Empire State.

Predicting . . . Read full article →

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