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Department of Adult Education, Community Development and Counselling Psychology,
The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT)
In 1985, as the degree of emotion surrounding the relationship between
equality and excellence intensified, a report entitled Barriers to
Excellence: Our Children at Risk (issued by the National Coalition of
Advocates for Students) was widely publicized. The report strongly maintained
that equality of educational opportunity should be the fundamental ideal of
American schools, rejecting the implication that excellence could only be
achieved by exclusion. Indeed, the document stated that "excellence without
equity is both impractical and incompatible with the goals of a democratic
After a year-long study of schools in America, the Coalition called for:
Barriers to Excellence: Our Children at Risk (Boston: National Coalition of Advocates for Students, 1985), pp. viii-xiii. Reprinted in Marvin Lazerson (Ed.), American Education in the Twentieth Century: A Documentary History (New York: Teachers College Press, 1987).
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