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Entrepreneurial Educators


Q. Every profession has innovators and geniuses who improve things for the rest of us. Who are the much-admired people in education today?


Here are a few who have gone the extra mile to create or contribute to new schools, and new philosophies of schooling:


n    Marva Collins, Westside Preparatory School, inner-city Chicago; she started a prep school for the poorest kids in town - with fantastic results.


n    The late John Saxon, Saxon Publishing Co., in Austin, Texas, was a frustrated teacher who wrote his own series of textbooks. They're simple, systematic, with lots of repetitions, and they work.


n    E.D. Hirsch, whose Core Knowledge series woke up a generation of parents and teachers to the classic elements of a solid curriculum that are missing from most public schools' lineups. See


n    Romalda Spalding, Oma Riggs and Myrna McCullough kept the flames of phonics instruction alive: and


n    The Russian School of Mathematics is doing awesome work in "afterschooling" of math in the Boston area:


n    Some of the best private schools which are being copied nationwide include Michigan's Hillsdale Academy, and New Jersey's The Lawrenceville School,


n    Some of the best charter schools include Portland's; near Wilmington, N.C.; Seattle's "catch-up" school, and the academically marvelous


n    Successful strategies for inner-city, disadvantaged and non-English speaking schools have been developed by the schools included in the list.


n    The Calvert School in Baltimore,, has developed a partner school package and homeschooling curriculum to transfer its time-tested system into other schools or for-home use.


n    Dunham Academy in San Rafael, Calif., has a year-round, all-day, K-8 school for academically gifted children,


n    Interesting hybrids between private schools and homeschools are being developed by University Model Schools,


n    Classical Christian day schools are launched with the help of


Homework: Private schools and homeschools are the original entrepreneurs, of course. Send a donation today and encourage an educational entrepreneur near you.


By Susan Darst Williams Teachers 15 2008




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