chapter  9
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Reaching the Periphery: Toward a Community-Oriented Education

WithH. Dean Nielsen, Zeynep F. Beykont

CONTRIBUTORS TO SCHOOL FAILURE IN THE PERIPHERY The various chapters in this volume have revealed the contributors to school failure of peripheral groups. Factors examined included scarce material resources; weak school-community relations; misdirected school-language policies; irrelevant curriculum; inappropriate teacher preparation, placement, and support; ill-suited schooVclassroom organization patterns; and rigid system rules and regulations. In chapter 3 James H. Williams describes how government control of education has generally led to a loss of community initiative and involvement in education. Zeynep F. Beykont, in chapter 4, describes how misdirected language policies ignore the particular expectations of communities and the educational needs of children whose native languages are different from the official language.