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Building Community in Schools, by Thomas J. Sergiovanni

Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice
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21022 Journal V8.2 fully reminds readers to be vigilant in finding connections in their humanity, to dig deep in order to find commonalities and to do the research and reflec- tion necessary to find what truly connects us with one another as humans and as a pilgrim Church. Amanda B. Angaiak is the principal of Immaculate Conception Grade School in Fairbanks, Alaska. BUILDING COMMUNITY IN SCHOOLS THOMAS J. SERGIOVANNI JOSSEY-BASS, 1994 $25.00, 256 pages Reviewed by Sean Lynch By combining research, case studies, and original ideas, Thomas Sergiovanni attempts to address the major obstacle to providing quality edu- cation in schools today: a loss of a sense of community. Building on previ- ous books about effective school leadership, Sergiovanni offers the reader ideas about the root causes of this loss of school community and ways in which individuals concerned with this issue might reverse this trend. Written for parents, teachers, superintendents, scholars in educational administra- tion, organizational theorists, and others interested in building community, the author expounds on why reversing the loss of community is not only in our best interest for children, but why such community development is essential for us, as human beings. The opening chapters of the book lay out the origins of community loss today, how the loss is manifested in our schools, and why its re-establish- ment is so critical. Sergiovanni sees the breakdown in school community in its relation to the dissolution of community in society at large. In our past, the socialization of young people was shared by the family, the neighbor- hood, and the school. Today, societal changes have contributed to the partial failure of each of these institutions to provide social support for children, leading them to look internally or to dysfunctional substitutes to address this BOOK REVIEWS 253 need for community. While the author is careful to state that the schools can never be a replacement for family and nei

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