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A school (from Greek σχολεῖον - scholeion) is an institution designed to allow and encourage students (or "pupils") to learn, under the supervision of teachers. Most countries have systems of formal education, which is commonly compulsory. In these systems, students often progress through a series of schools: primary school, secondary school, and possibly a university, vocational school or a college. There are also non-governmental schools, called private or independent schools. A school may be dedicated to a particular field, such as a school of economics or a school of dance. Alternative schools and democratic education may provide nontraditional methods and curriculum, or no curriculum, as it were. In homeschooling and online schools, teaching and learning take place outside of a traditional school building. The use of the term school varies by country, as do the names of the various levels of education within the country.
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Benjamin Franklin High School in New Orleans, Louisiana
Benjamin Franklin High School is a public magnet high school in New Orleans, Louisiana. The school was founded in 1957 and moved to its current location in 1990. Ben Franklin is adjacent to the campus of the University of New Orleans (UNO) in the Lakeview district of Orleans Parish, near Lake Pontchartrain. Like the southern buildings of UNO and most of the schools in Orleans Parish, Ben Franklin suffered several feet of flood damage from Hurricane Katrina. The school was closed before the storm hit on August 29, 2005, and remained closed for several months. School administration, faculty, parents, students, alumni, and volunteers participated in a massive cleanup effort, without funding from and independent of the Orleans Parish School Board.

Ben Franklin has a selective admissions process and is known for the academic performance of its students. The school has been named a Blue Ribbon School twice by the U.S. Department of Education, and according to Newsweek is the highest-ranked secondary school in the state of Louisiana both before and after Katrina. In 2007, Ben Franklin was listed as one of 21 "public elite" schools on Newsweek's "Best High Schools in America" list. The class of 2008 produced 17 National Achievement semifinalists, the most of any school in the United States.

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The Clovis bell tower of Lycée Henri-IV
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The Lycée Henri-IV (sometimes called HIV, H4, or Henri-Quatre) is a public secondary school located in Paris, France. Henri-IV is located in the nationally-historic buildings of the former Sainte Geneviève abbey. After the French revolution, it was transformed into a public lycée, the first one in France. Its former pupils include French philosophers and writers such as Jean-Paul Sartre and André Gide.

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John Dewey
John Dewey (October 20, 1859 – June 1, 1952) was an American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer, whose thoughts and ideas have been greatly influential in the United States and around the world. He, along with Charles Sanders Peirce and William James, is recognized as one of the founders of the philosophical school of Pragmatism. He is also known as the father of functional psychology and was a leading representative of the progressive movement in U.S. schooling during the first half of the 20th century. Dewey founded the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools where he was able to actualize his pedagogical beliefs which provided material for his first major work on education, The School and Society (1899).

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Shardlow Hall in the early 1800s

  • ... that after 175 years in operation the Red Brick School, one of the oldest single room school houses in the U.S., closed in 2008?


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