Access to Success in the Urban High School: The Middle by Harold S. Wechsler

By Harold S. Wechsler

This attention-grabbing background of 1 university innovation recounts the painstaking labours of these prepared to assist at-risk early life achieve our advanced society. Harold Wechsler examines the center university flow via targeting a quarter-century of progress on the first center university. begun in 1974 at LaGuardia group collage in long island, this profitable replacement college has because been broadly replicated and tailored during the kingdom. a person drawn to the approaches of academic reform will locate this alluring tale and Wechsler’s in-depth coverage research to be crucial analyzing.

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His efforts paid off: LaGuardia’s faculty members, Bowen noted, were recruited for student-centered outlooks as well as for their academic credentials. The infighting, he asserted, was within the context of how best to accomplish agreed-upon goals (Bowen, 1991). Supportive faculty members, meanwhile, sketched out an academic program for the school. Curricular work already completed for grades 13– 14, where “remediation is so much a part of the current curriculum,” could shape the curriculum for grades 10–12.

B. Lillard (1930), gave primacy to internal, not structural, issues, such as developing a curric- Precedents and Influences 13 ulum, a counseling program, and support services, and recruiting “types of teachers who understand young men and women” (p. 264). The movement converted only a few two-year districts and independent colleges. A generation after Pasadena Junior College opened, Koos (1949) identified only 32 viable grades 11–14 schools: 22 independent four-year junior colleges—most students, Koos noted, enrolled in the third (collegefreshman) year—and ten public, four-year junior colleges, spread over five states (Diener, 1986).

Many reformers looked to other ways to shorten the time to the bachelor’s degree. A late-19th-century proposal by Harvard president Charles W. 14 Access to Success in the Urban High School Eliot to establish a three-year baccalaureate went nowhere; the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education (1970a) unsuccessfully renewed the call 75 years later. ” The traditional four-year college, Butler reasoned, was too ingrained, and shifting the undergraduate years to include 11th and 12th grades would harm the development of the high schools.

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