How can we educate students to be better citizens?
Leonard Covello and the Making of Benjamin Franklin High School
Education as if Citizenship Mattered
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Michael C. Johanek and John L. Puckett
What is the mission of American public education? As a nation, are we still committed to educating students to be both workers and citizens, as we have long proclaimed? Or have we lost sight of the latter goal of encouraging students to be contributing members of a democratic society? What might schools look like if citizenship mattered as much as reading and math?
In this enlightening book, Michael Johanek and John Puckett describe one of America's most notable experiments in "community-centered schooling." In the process, they offer a richly contextualized history of twentieth-century efforts to educate students as community-minded citizens. The authors argue compellingly that the democratic goals of citizen-centered community schools can be reconciled with the academic performance demands of contemporary school reform movements. Using the twenty-year history of community-centered schooling at Benjamin Franklin High School in East Harlem as a case studyand reminding us of the pioneering vision of its founder, Leonard Covellothey suggest new approaches for educating today's students to be better "public work citizens."
"This is a very timely book. Leonard Covello is one of the great characters in the history of American education and surprisingly few people know about him these days. Add to this the fact that the story of community-centered schooling is exactly what the doctor ordered for the test-driven and market-oriented mode of schooling that is on the march today.... This is first-rate historical writing about a compelling case."
"There are very few books that offer an historical perspective as rich as this one on a range of contemporary educational issues, from the role of schools in promoting full-fledged citizens to related questions about the place of community in urban revitalization."
About the Authors vi
PART ONE Contexts and Social Forces
CHAPTER ONE - The Community School Idea: Social Centers, 21
PART TWO The Making of Benjamin Franklin High School
CHAPTER FOUR - The High School on East 108th Street 109
PART THREE The Community School Idea since World War II
CHAPTER EIGHT - Drift and Renewal: Community Education and 227