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John Goodlad dies at 94; led research on how schools fail to educate
John Goodlad dies at 94; led research on how schools fail to educate

John I. Goodlad, whose exhaustive analysis of the culture of schools and the reasons for their failures made him one of the intellectual leaders of the education reform movement that took off in the early 1980s, died Nov. 29 in Seattle. He was 94. The former dean of UCLA's Graduate School of Education, who later taught at the University of Washington, had cancer, said his son, Stephen. Goodlad was the author of "A Place Called School" (1984), a classic eight-year study of 38 schools in 13 communities in which he described chronic problems that were pushing the nation's schools "near collapse." Published shortly after "A Nation at Risk," the...

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