Deborah Meier


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Deborah Meier (born April 6, 1931) is an American educator often considered the founder of the modern small schools movement. After spending several years as a kindergarten teacher in Chicago, Philadelphia and then New York City, in 1974, Meier became the founder and director of the alternative Central Park East school, which embraced progressive ideals in the tradition of John Dewey in an effort ... more »

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  • What I wanted was to create thoughtful citizens—people who believed they could live interesting lives and be productive and socially useful. So I tried to create a community of children and adult...
    Deborah Meier (b. 1931), U.S. educator. As quoted in New York magazine, p. 78 (December 21-28, 1992). An urban educator, she co-founded the innova...
  • I take enormous pleasure every time I see something that I've done that cannot be wiped out. In some way ... I guess it's a protest against mortality. But it's been so much fun! It's the curiosity tha...
    Deborah Meier (b. 1931), U.S. educator. As quoted in New York magazine, p. 78 (December 21-28, 1992). An urban educator, she co-founded the innova...
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