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Public schools are responsible for ensuring that all citizens are prepared for success. An analysis of the needs of high risk students and the introduction of the idea of an "Equality School" are described in this report. Research suggests that too many young people, many of whom come from minority groups, are forced to live and learn on the margins of school life (Sinclair and Ghory, 1987). "Equality Schools" (good schools where all students of all families are learning well) try to help marginal students return to productive learning. The images of schools that promote equality, along with educators' goals of greater equality in schools, are described. Some common characteristics of Equality Schools are provided and the special nature of learning environments where the goal of equality is taken seriously are explored. Although no universal formula characterizes Equality Schools, such schools typically feature the following: educators who believe that all children have the capacity to learn at high levels of accomplishment; educator who can identify the real problems blocking student learning and who can set priorities to improve the learning of all students; that all students learn well, that children should not be sorted into permanent groupings; that diversity is recognized as a strength and promotes learning; that leadership comes from all members of the educational community; and that educators can develop an internal capacity to evaluate student progress, teacher effectiveness, and the quality of their school. (RJM)

Descriptors: Adolescents, Children, Educational Discrimination, Educational Environment, Educational Opportunities, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, High Risk Students, Learning Strategies, Public Schools, Secondary School Students, Student Rights

Author: Ghory, Ward; Sinclair, Robert


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