I have been involved in issues of equity and public education
for over 35 years, working as a teacher and administrator is
St. Paul, Minnesota and Boston, Massachusetts.
Between 1975 and 1981 I was the court appointed administrator
at South Boston High School. The school was in federal receivership
as a result of a civil rights case in which it was found that
the Boston Public Schools had been deliberately segregated.
South Boston High was virtually 100% white and had the lowest
achievement test scores in the city. We succeeded in raising
achievement level, but integration was a failure. The student
population is now overwhelmingly minority.
The St. Paul Logo Project was one of the many staff development
programs I initiated between 1981 and 1996 while I was director
of Staff Development for the St. Paul Public Schools. The superintendent
had asked me to survey the used of the emerging computer technologies
in the St. Paul schools. What I found was that computers were
used mostly for drill and practice, and that any other uses,
notably programming, were restricted to high achieving high
school students. Logo, we learned, was accessible to all children
and it became the cornerstone of the St. Paul Logo project.
Since 1986 I have been a volunteer with the Cambodian Childrens
Education Fund, and since 1995 I have been working with students
and teachers at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in programs
that look at art history from a global perspective.