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It's more complicated than that, but what do you think of a model that works like this? It seems to be in line with the style of Tribal education that Ishmael describes in My Ishmael.
(Coincidentally, The Met is a roaring success -- students consistently perform and FEEL be tter than any other students in the state. Also, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recently donated a whole bunch of money to The Coalition of Essential Schools, and more of them are starting up across the country).
...and the response:Thanks for introducing me to the Coalition of Essential Schools (and the Met). They are similar to an experimental program I helped with here in Houston called Continuum 10 that was organized for a group of mid-school "locals" who happened to be students at a magnet school (where they were pretty much misfits). In the course of a year these kids had the opportunity to have internships with many varied businesses and organizations. It was a life-changing experience for them--and the parents were bowled over by the changes they saw in them. In fact, as I feared, the program proved to be too successful for its own good; envy ran high among faculty members who weren't involved, and the program was quietly killed after its first year. The Coalition of Essential Schools sounds like a terrific step in the right direction.
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