Theodore R. Sizer, one of the country's most prominent and influential education-reform advocates, died on Oct. 21 at his home in Harvard, Mass., of colon cancer, reports the New York Times. He was 77. A former dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Sizer was later the headmaster of Phillips Academy, the preparatory school in Andover, Mass., and chairman of the education department at Brown University. He also was the founder and first director of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown. Sizer was best known as the father of the Essential Schools movement, which he founded in...

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