LONELINESS IN THE SCHOOLS by Marc Robert

LONELINESS IN THE SCHOOLS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A short, outlinish statement which specifies how students in elementary and secondary schools become alienated, then apathetic and indifferent, and what might be done to turn the situation around. Dr. Robert, a humane administrator in the Los Angeles system, prescribes positive reinforcement, participatory democracy (""Sharing photographs of family or baby pictures of both students and teachers. These photos make an interesting and appealing bulletin board""), creation of a less institutional environment (put teachers' desks ""in some out-of-the-way corner -- a nook where teachers and students can confer privately""), increased communication between staff and parents (""A 'sunshine call.' Teacher telephones parents with a positive comment about their child""), reaching out to ""out groups,"" etc. Robert is against walls, departmentalization, the master-slave relationship -- all of which characterize American education in most communities. It's not new. But you could do worse if you're wondering why Johnny dropped out or how to reclaim him.

Pub Date: Aug. 27th, 1973
Publisher: Argus (7440 Natchez Avenue, Niles, Illinois 60648)