Education: Easy as E.C.E.

"Don't tinker. Come up with a totally new look at early education and give us a whole new way of running schools and teaching in the primary grades." So ordered California Superintendent of Public Instruction Wilson Riles when he assumed his post in 1971. The State Department of Education, along with a task force of educators and parents, delved into the innovations and experiments of the past decade, accepting some, rejecting others, and finally developed a reform plan that Riles adopted. Dubbed the Early Childhood Education (E.C.E.) program, the project, now in its third year of operation, is used to teach...

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