Beyond the Classroom: Building New School Networks by Rosalyn Black

By Rosalyn Black

Past the study room demands new versions of education that realize that the way forward for teens is the accountability of the entire neighborhood. those versions should still shape the root of a brand new social alliance throughout tuition platforms permitting all children to take an lively - if now not major - function past the college gates and into the group. The booklet is predicated at the findings of a study venture performed by way of schooling starting place Australia. The message that emerges from the learn is that tinkering round the edges of education won't offer strategies to the widening gaps in schooling that restrict possibilities for lots of early life.

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Any interaction between the school and community requires a great deal of goodwill and flexibility on both parts. On the school’s part, it involves overcoming the tyranny of the timetable, the prescribed curriculum and duty of care issues. On the community’s part, it involves gaining some insight into the way schools operate and the culture of learning that underpins the school’s function. Generally, the wider community does not play a role in what happens in schools. Changing that culture requires a complex and sensitive process.

It brings together the Australian Government Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, the Victorian Departments of Education and Early Childhood Development and Human Services, the Catholic Education Office Melbourne, the Universities of Melbourne and New South Wales and the Education Foundation to bridge the gap between early years services and primary schooling and meet the needs of children entering school in communities where the need is greatest. The project began in 2007.

Martin Haberman (1991) warns against the ‘pedagogy of poverty’ that reflects and sets low educational expectations for young people in impoverished communities. The provision of opportunities for young people is already strongly determined by the variable resources available to particular communities. It is essential that any new networks for Australian schools obviate this inequity instead of replicating it. In California, the City Heights K–16 Educational Collaborative brings together the Price Charities philanthropic foundation, the San Diego State University School of Education, the San Diego Unified School District, the San Diego Education Association and three schools to improve student achievement in a disadvantaged community characterised by low academic achievement, inadequate resources, student transience and high teacher turnover.

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