Brown University News Bureau

The Brown University News Bureau

Distributed December 17, 1993
Contact: Mark Nickel

Statement by Theodore Sizer

Democracy depends upon devoted and informed citizens; and the secure future of a decent America depends upon schools which prepare such citizens. Too many of this country's schools now fall short; and Walter Annenberg today gives all Americans an unprecedented and extraordinary challenge to address such weaknesses, thereby affirming our commitment to the serious pursuit of democracy through the agency of the public schools.

The Annenberg National Institute for School Reform at Brown University is privileged to be part of shaping the response to this remarkable and generous challenge and to help build the alliances across the country upon which serious reform must rest.

Theodore R. Sizer
Director, The Annenberg Institute for School Reform
Chairman, The Coalition of Essential Schools