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Ted Sizer

Born: Jun 23, 1932

Death: Oct 21, 2009

Birthplace: New Haven

Nationality: United States

Ted Sizer

Date of Birth : Jun 23, 1932
Date of Death : Oct 21, 2009
Birth Place : New Haven

Theodore Ryland Sizer was a leader of educational reform in the United States, the founder of the Essential school movement and was known for challenging longstanding practices and assumptions about the functioning of American secondary schools. Beginning in the late 1970s, he had worked with hundreds of high schools, studying the development and design of the American educational system, leading to his major work Horace's Compromise in 1984. In the same year, he founded the Coalition of Essential Schools based on the principles espoused in Horace's Compromise. Sizer was born in New Haven, Connecticut to Theodore Sizer, Sr., an art history professor at Yale University. He received his B.A. in English from Yale in 1953 and subsequently served in the Army as an artillery officer. He later described his experience leading soldiers in a democratic and egalitarian fashion as a formative influence on his ideas about education. After teaching in high schools, he earned his masters and doctorate in education from Harvard University in 1957 and 1961, respectively.

Also known as

  • Theodore Sizer
  • Theodore R. Sizer

Awards Won

  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Humanities, US & Canada
  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Social Sciences, US & Canada
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