"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Monday, September 11, 2006

Why Schools Matter

As we mark the fifth anniversay of that fateful day, this story on why schools matter and what matters in school.

Washington School Still Feels Pain of 9/11

As President Bush prepares to mark the fifth anniversary with high-profile remembrances at the three crash sites, the elementary school will mark the day with a low-key ceremony. And the families of the school’s four victims will cling to the bonds between them.

“Leckie is home,” Ms. Brown, who now lives in Florida, said in a telephone interview. “No matter where we go, we will always come back. We were all happy there. Every time I am there, I feel like my son is a legend.”

The families may have scattered, but the school and its garden remain a center of gravity, a place to steal away to and remember the last times their families were whole.

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