From the Winner of theGrawemeyer Award in Education in 2007
"In the world of education reform, where silver–bullet ideas, ideologies, and intellectual fashion clamor for influence, James Comer′s thinking has long been a sea of calm, balanced, and humane wisdom focused on the needs of the whole person. Reading Comer you see the incompleteness of so many other approaches to reform, as well as learn an integrated approach to making schools work. And now, here it all is in a single book. If you want to see how schools can actually work, as opposed to affiliate with a prior belief about how they should work, this is a must read."
Claude Steele,professor, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University
"The best introduction professional and personal to theremarkable world of James Comer: physician–educator, par excellence."
Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education,
Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, Massachusetts
"James Comer is a rare constellation amongsocial scientists: a great intellect, a keen analyst, a creativeproblem–solver and a man of enormous empathy. His writings are required reading for anyone interested in educationreform or improving the odds for poor children."
Geoffrey Canada,president and CEO, Harlem Children′s Zone
Introduction: What I Learned in School ix
Introductory Remarks at the Grawemeyer Award
Ceremony, David Reynolds xvii
Address at the Grawemeyer Award Ceremony 1
1 Washington Elementary School
MAGGIE S AMERICAN DREAM 23
2 Me, Walter, and America
BEYOND BLACK AND WHITE 31
3 Three Networks and a Baby
WAITING FOR A MIRACLE 63
4 So You Want to Work in Schools?
MAGGIE S AMERICAN DREAM 89
5 My Work
WAITING FOR A MIRACLE 95
6 To Leave No Child Behind
LEAVE NO CHILD BEHIND 127
7 All Our Children
MAGGIE S AMERICAN DREAM 155
Questions for Reflection 157
Credit Lines 165
The Author 167
James P. Comer is the Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine′s Child Study Center and founder of the Comer School Development Program. A prolific writer, Dr. Comer is the author of nine books and has written articles for Parents magazine as well as syndicated articles on children′s health and development and race relations. In 2007, he received the Grawemeyer Award in education.