A Still Relevant Thought from Harold Howe II

“The most important achievement of American education in the last thirty years is bringing a much larger proportion of our diverse society into the schools and succeeding with them there to some degree is not adequately recognized in the national debate about school quality. If we could get the youngsters who drop out or high school each year to stay there, it would cause another [test]score decline, and I’d be in favor of it.”

Harold Howe II, from His Martin Bushkin Memorial Lecture (1984)

Excerpted from: Howe, Randy, ed. The Quotable Teacher. Guilford, CT: The Lyons Press, 2003.

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