"Bear in mind that the wonderful things you learn in your schools are the work of many generations, produced by enthusiastic effort and infinite labor in every country of the world. All this is put into your hands as your inheritance in order that you may receive it, honor it, add to it, and one day faithfully hand it to your children. Thus do we mortals achieve immortality in the permanent things which we create in common." - Albert Einstein

Friday, April 19, 2013

A Community Learning Center

Since basic education depends on so many factors, why not build a system that takes into account all of these factors. Basic education builds the society of the future and therefore encompasses all the basic needs of a child's growth and development. The public schools of Cincinnati have been working on Community Learning Centers for the past dozen years. A Community Learning Center is a network, a partnership of community stakeholders that provide services in addition to formal basic education. These services include early childhood care, tutoring, meals after class, health checkups, adult education, and others. Since these centers have been in operation for twelve years, these setups have stood the test of time and have demonstrated sustainability. Now, the state of New York will try to copy it as reported in a Cincinnati USA news article, "CPS Model Catches on in New York". The following cartoon used in a PowerPoint presentation captures the purpose of a Community Learning Center:

Above figure downloaded from  Community Learning Centers in Cincinnati: Transformation through Collaboration
(MS PowerPoint)
A Community Learning Center therefore combines social services and education under one roof. One could just imagine how much collaboration and cooperation would be required between government agencies, local government, and community to make this thing work. It is doable. Cincinnati has shown that it is possible. To read more, read the case study at

http://www.educationnation.com/casestudies/cincy/NBCCaseStudy_Cincinnati.pdf

or view the following video:






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