Ted Sizer, the educator and academic who was an education reformer before the term was popular, died yesterday. Here’s a list of tributes to him, compiled and circulated by John Merrow, and including one from our own Community contributor:
- The Times writes that Sizer believed that schools should be “egalitarian communities.”
- Among a list of responses compiled by the coalition Sizer created, one woman remembers reading his “Horace’s Compromise” as a 10th grader and being struck by the possibility that high school could be different.
- Merrow remembers that Sizer gave him full access to visit and report on high schools undergoing the $500 million Annenberg-funded transformation.
- The Forum for Education and Democracy recalls that Sizer thought about teachers’ work “with respect.”
- Alexander Hoffman, in our Community section, compares Sizer’s critique of American schools to the critique in “A Nation At Risk.”