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Solving Problems And Building Communities

by Richard Lee Colvin - 2008

We filed through the arched gateway of the school, which is protected by wrought iron and uniformed security guards, into a courtyard brightened by children’s artwork and inspirational slogans. As we were welcomed into this calm, orderly refuge by the gracious headmistress, my attention was drawn back toward the chaotic street, where a dozen or so children had gathered in the full sun to peer into the relative dimness inside. Their faces were marked by a longing so plaintive and intense it was as if salvation were just out of reach, through that arch and beyond the security guards. It was as if they were longing for a childhood, longing to be educated.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 107, No. 2.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 110 Number 14, 2008, p. 289-293
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 22917, Date Accessed: 6/6/2020 1:32:09 PM

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  • Richard Lee Colvin
    Teachers College, Columbia University
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    Richard Lee Colvin is director of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media at Teachers College, Columbia University. The Institute’s mission is to improve public understanding of education through quality journalism. Colvin is a journalist who has been writing about education for more than 25 years. He left The Los Angeles Times in 2002. This essay was written expressly for publication in this volume.
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