School & District Management

Theodore R. Sizer, Leading School Reformer, Dies at 77

By Debra Viadero — October 22, 2009 1 min read

From guest blogger Ann Bradley:

Theodore R. Sizer has died of colon cancer at the age of 77, according to this article in The New York Times. Mr. Sizer had a long and distinguished career, serving as the headmaster of Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., as the dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and as the founder of the Coalition of Essential Schools, to name just a few of his contributions.

He was also a prolific author of books that are now classics in the field of education, including Horace’s Compromise: The Dilemma of the American High School.

Our staff is now working on an obituary of Mr. Sizer, which we will post on our Web site.

Here are some of the major Education Week articles on Theodore R. Sizer.

09/08/04 Q&A: Sizer’s Red Pencil Chides Establishment for ‘Silences’

04/29/03 Chat Transcript: A Nation at Risk: The Next Generation

09/04/96 The Essential Ted Sizer

06/17/92 By All Measures: 8 Questions: On Cost, Impact, The Politics of Who Chooses

12/11/91 Sizer Outlines Triumphs, Travails Of ‘Horace’s School’ in New Book

11/06/85 Sizer Urges Alternative Route to High-School Diploma

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Inside School Research blog.