Local Educational Framework (01:58)
In this film, Coalition of Essential Schools Chairman and education reformer Ted Sizer will argue that local communities should take responsibility for their schools.
Innovative School Case Studies (01:23)
Sizer will explore how localism is transforming education in Berwick's Noble High School; San Diego's O'Farrell Community School, and Boston's Fenway Middle College High School.
Defining Localism (02:16)
Sizer argues that American high schools reflect local communities and that teachers and faculty should have decision power.
Localism vs. Standardization (01:57)
Sizer argues that schools shouldn't be compared and the federal government should trust local communities to run educational institutions.
O'Farrell Community School (02:32)
An urban San Diego charter school empowers teachers to make learning decisions and includes parents in the process.
Charter School Movement (01:17)
Sizer discusses educational policy contradictions and cautions against government control of school standards.
Confusion about Standards (04:05)
Sizer calls for state assessments in careful reading, clear writing, and computational math—but all other subjects should be determined locally by parents and teachers.
Fenway Middle College High School (03:38)
Sizer argues against educational consensus. A Boston charter school practices localism; learn about their graduation committee program assessing student competency.
Assessing Standards (01:30)
An expert fears that national testing will lower educational quality. Sizer discusses the debate around measuring standards.
Educational Choice (03:26)
Sizer discusses how national public education policy has resulted in inequities between urban and suburban school systems.
Educational Policy Gap (02:06)
An expert discusses how policy makers set standards but fail to understand economic and cultural challenges facing individual schools.
Common Principles (02:19)
Sizer calls for teacher responsibility and outlines the Coalition of Essential School's nine principles for preparing students for graduation.
Teachers as Generalists (01:25)
Noble High School in rural Maine implemented a policy of teaching social as well as academic skills, and integrating subjects.
Personalized Learning (02:02)
Coalition schools reduce teacher loads so that teachers can develop individual student relationships.
Student Exhibitions (01:40)
Coalition schools have students present and defend their work before graduation—linking to "student worker" and "teacher coach" principles.
Planting Educational Reform Seeds (01:59)
Sizer advises parents and community members to read a cross section of student work to recognize the need to change school policies.
Changing Educational Attitudes (02:34)
An expert discusses resistance to educational reform. Parents-teacher consensus on quality standards is the first step; Sizer calls for all students performing at the highest level.
Credits: Crafting of America's Schools (00:34)
Credits: Crafting of America's Schools
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