Another Reconstruction? On Moral Imperatives and Urban Educational Reform

  • Tennant S. McWilliams University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Barbara A. Lewis
Keywords: Urban Schools, Educational Reform, Schools


In many cities the current effort to improve school systems includes reinvigorated urban collaboratives through which school representatives, higher education, the corporate community, and community- based organizations work together. These efforts must embrace two crucial strategies if they are to be successful. First, they must attack both "vertically systemic" issues of the K- 16 pipeline, as well as "horizontally systemic" deterrents such as a students poor health, family stress, and community violence. Second, the collaboratives should seek to develop their efforts around a spirit of moral imperative. This should be a compelling idea that binds collaborative workers and their fellow citizens into a renewed sense of cohesiveness and community.