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Marva Collins: Black Education Matters


After working as a substitute teacher in the Chicago Public Schools system, Collins became disillusioned with the quality of education provided to minority students. In 1975, she founded the Westside Preparatory School in Chicago, a private school aimed at providing a rigorous education to African-American children from low-income families.


Collins' teaching methods emphasized discipline, high expectations, and individualized instruction. She rejected traditional rote learning in favor of engaging students through meaningful experiences and encouraging them to think critically. Her approach focused on instilling confidence and a love of learning in her students, regardless of their backgrounds or academic abilities.


Collins gained national attention for her work, and her school became a model for effective education reform. She authored several books, including "Marva Collins' Way" and "Ordinary Children, Extraordinary Teachers," in which she shared her philosophy and methods with educators around the world.


Throughout her career, Collins remained committed to challenging the status quo in education and empowering students to reach their full potential. She passed away in 2015, but her legacy continues to inspire educators and advocates for educational equity.






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