By Dr. Marciene Mattleman

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – These days there are many books about the state of education– some describing the reasons why we have fallen behind other countries in student achievement, others with some answers on effectiveness in schooling.

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But a recently printed book caught my attention, “Deeper Learning” not by the title, but by its organization. In citing 8 schools that are “transforming education,” their strategies for change are not isolated into 8 chapters. Instead, where the value of partnerships is discussed, examples from various sites are described.

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It was good seeing Philadelphia’s relationship of the Science Leadership Academy with The Franklin Institute set as an example. Mentors and “buddies” from the partner institutions are important in kids’ education, often providing volunteer and apprentice opportunities.

Dual attendance is common; students can enroll for college courses, and primarily teachers are easily accessible guides, not heavy lecturers. The goal is to instill critical thinking in all the students.

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Read about the excellent schools showcased in the book and feel encouraged about education.