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Writing the Book on School Health
The October issue of the Journal of School Health focuses on closing the achievement gap. The material all comes from Teachers College
“The value of Basch’s work is much greater than his detailed descriptions of the connection between health and learning,” writes Howell Wechsler, Basch’s former student at TC and now Director of the Division of Adolescent and School Health at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in a preface to the special issue. “He also makes a strong case for why health promotion needs to be a fundamental part of elementary and secondary education and identifies a clear set of policy actions that need to be taken at the federal, state, and local levels to support effective and efficient school health programs.”
The Journal of School Health is the official journal of the American School Health Association. Basch, who dedicated the special issue to “the urban minority youth of America,” turned down several book offers to publish in the Journal, on the condition that its contents be made available free on the Web. The issue can be viewed at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/josh.2011.81.issue-10/issuetoc. The articles in the special issue are updated versions of a report by Basch originally commissioned – and funded, in part – by the Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College.
Published Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011