What I Learned In School: Reflections on Race, Child Development, and School Reform

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What I Learned in School

James P. Comer began his extraordinary life's journey from his hometown of East Chicago, Indiana. While his childhood friends languished in jail or faced early deaths from alcoholism, Comer went on to become a medical doctor, child psychiatrist, acclaimed leader of education reform, and expert on race relations.

What I Learned in School highlights, in one volume, the major contributions of world-renowned scholar Dr. ...

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Overview

What I Learned in School

James P. Comer began his extraordinary life's journey from his hometown of East Chicago, Indiana. While his childhood friends languished in jail or faced early deaths from alcoholism, Comer went on to become a medical doctor, child psychiatrist, acclaimed leader of education reform, and expert on race relations.

What I Learned in School highlights, in one volume, the major contributions of world-renowned scholar Dr. James P. Comer, whosevisionary work has dramatically shaped the fields of school reform, child development, psychology, and race. This small collection of Dr. Comer's work is beautifully arranged and includes an introduction and engaging updates from the author. These works paint a remarkable picture of what we've all learned so far, and what we all must learn going forward.'The excerpts presented in this collection span Dr. Comer'sremarkable career and include selections from his best-selling book? Maggie's American Dream to the influential. Leave No Child Behind.

At the very heart of the lessons learned is the idea that the most efficient and effective way to meet the needs of our students would be to prepare our education workforce to integrate student development and academic learning in all aspects of learning from school entry through student maturity. Dr. Comer puts the focus on promoting student personal responsibility in preparation for meeting life tasks.

As this book clearly reveals, James Comer's life and work has been an endless quest to answer one persistent question: Why not prepare a workforce to support the development of the whole child?

What I Learned in School is a volume in the series Outstanding Ideas in Education.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470407714
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/12/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

James P. Comer is the Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine's Child Study Center and founder of the Comer School Development Program. A prolific writer, Dr. Comer is the author of nine books and has written articles for Parents magazine as well as syndicated articles on children's health and development and race relations. In 2007, he received the Grawemeyer Award in education.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: What I Learned in School ix

Introductory Remarks at the Grawemeyer Award

Ceremony, David Reynolds xvii

Address at the Grawemeyer Award Ceremony 1

1 Washington Elementary School

MAGGIE’S AMERICAN DREAM 23

2 Me, Walter, and America

BEYOND BLACK AND WHITE 31

3 Three Networks and a Baby

WAITING FOR A MIRACLE 63

4 So You Want to Work in Schools?

MAGGIE’S AMERICAN DREAM 89

5 My Work

WAITING FOR A MIRACLE 95

6 To Leave No Child Behind

LEAVE NO CHILD BEHIND 127

7 All Our Children

MAGGIE’S AMERICAN DREAM 155

Questions for Reflection 157

Index 159

Credit Lines 165

The Author 167

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