SPOTLIGHT ON: ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS
By Christine Bruzzese
the early nineteenth century, public schools have provided quality education
to New York City's children. . This article highlights some resources
in the City Hall Library collection concerning elementary and middle
The Fourth "R": Rethinking Remediation in the Elementary
Schools was published by the Educational Priorities Panel in 1989. This
report presents the results of a study of remediation programs in nine
elementary schools. Issues considered are funding, monitoring and regulation
of such programs, staffing and working with parents. Problems are discussed
and recommendations for improvement are given.
Course of Study and Syllabus in Reading for Elementary Schools: Grade
1A - Grade 6B was published in 1930 by the Board of Education. The
publication outlines methods for teaching reading and offers sample courses
of study for the teacher to utilize. There are similar historical curriculum
guides in the CHL collection that may be of interest to the researcher.
All Work and No Play: a Survey of Access to Physical Activity in
New York City Public Elementary Schools is a report of the Public Advocate
from 2004. In this survey, the Public Advocate's Office studied
100 elementary schools in order to determine if the schools offered adequate
physical education programs. Findings revealed various problems. These
include: schools with no physical education programs, lack of trained
physical education teachers, no provision of the state-mandated time
for physical education classes each week, etc. The findings are discussed
and recommendations for improvement are presented.
Middle School Task Force Report was completed in 1988 by the Task Force,
appointed by the Board of Education. This group of education professionals,
parents and others examined curriculum, structure, staffing, parent and
community involvement and other issues. Problems and needs are discussed
with recommendations provided.
Consult the vertical files for newspaper articles and other clippings
on schools and related topics in education.
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