One statement of what has been demonstrated as effective is the Common Principles of the Coalition of Essential Schools (CES), an organization of schools around the country that adhere to an educational philosophy based on research about what works. Founded by Ted Sizer, former Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, CES rests on the fundamental principle that "the best school for the best is the best school for everyone." The ten Common Principles are summarized as:
1. Learning to use one's mind well.
2. Depth over coverage (schools should teach essential skills in depth, rather than trying to cover all the bases and please everyone).
3. School goals should apply to all students.
4. Teaching and learning should be personalized as much as possible.
5. Student-as-worker, teacher-as-coach.
6. Demonstration of mastery.
7. A tone of decency and trust.
8. Commitment to the entire school.
9. Resource dedicated to teaching and learning.
10. Democracy and equity.
The complete principles and more information are available on the CES website.
Andre's purpose is to reconnect people to their Dignity and Honor in Being Human.