The Power of Their Ideas

Lessons for America from a Small School in Harlem

By Deborah Meier
Beacon Press (MA), Paperback, 9780807031131, 208pp.

Publication Date: August 2002

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Description

Teaching the lessons of New York's most famous public school, Deborah Meier provides a widely acclaimed vision for the future of public education. With a new preface reflecting on the school's continuing success.




About the Author
A former kindergarten teacher, Deborah Meier is founder of the Central Park East Schools and fellow at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, and is leading various efforts to reinvent public schools in New York City and across the country. Her many awards include a MacArthur Prize Fellowship.



Praise For The Power of Their Ideas

The founder and principal of excellent small schools in East Harlem . . . Meier wants to make all students capable of participating in and sustaining a democracy. . . . Doubters must read Deborah Meier to take a look at that success up close, to watch it begin and grow and flourish. --Lorene Cary, The New York Times Book Review

"Meier pledges her faith 'in the extraordinary untapped capacities of all our children'; but, unlike so many radical reformers, she is also firmly rooted in the reality of the classroom. . . .What has propelled people like Meier from the periphery to the center of the ongoing school debate is the recognition that a new and different form of public school is no longer a luxury." --James Traub, The New Yorker

"Written in prose that runs like a clear stream past the sludge of educational discourse. . . .The fate of public education today depends on whether we listen to . . . the Deborah Meiers of the land." --Joseph Featherstone, The Nation

"A fiery manifesto of Meier's plan for the salvation of public education." --Los Angeles Times

"A book not of blueprints and slogans, but of essays-reflective and analytical. The Power of Their Ideas is the product of a lively mind." --The Washington Post

"Anyone who wants to get insight into the current waves of endless 'reform' debate should read it." --Philadelphia Inquirer

"Meier documents her 30 years in schools. . . . She has captured the national imagination in a way that few public school teachers do." --Muriel Cohen, The Boston Globe

"Destined to change the way we think about teaching and learning, schooling and education." --William Ayers, Rethinking Schools

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