Yale Bulletin and Calendar

June 23, 2000Volume 28, Number 34

Dr. James P. Comer

Comer lauded as leader in American education

Dr. James P. Comer, founder of the School Development Program at Yale, was recently named to Education Week magazine's list of 100 people who helped shape American education during the 20th century.

Using the theory that children learn better when they form strong relationships with the adults in their lives, the Yale child psychiatrist founded the School Development Program in 1968 in two New Haven schools. The program, which seeks to create schools that nurture emotional, social and academic development, now operates in more than 700 schools in the United States, South Africa, England, and Trinidad and Tobago.

The Education Week list included former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall; former President Lyndon B. Johnson; philosopher John Dewey; the "Little Rock Nine;" author and educator Jonathan Kozol; child psychiatrist and professor Robert Coles; and author, educator and social critic John Holt. The group was featured in "Faces of a Century," a special section in the magazine that concluded a yearlong series of special sections titled "Lessons of a Century."

Recognized nationally and internationally and much honored for his tireless work in promoting child-development principles as a means of improving schools, Dr. Comer presently serves as chair of the School Development Program and as the Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Child Study Center. He is also associate dean of the Child Study Center and of student affairs at the School of Medicine.

Comer is the author of six books, including "Maggie's American Dream: The Life and Times of a Black Family," "Beyond Black and White," "School Power: Implications of an Intervention Project," "Raising Black Children" and the most recent, "Waiting for a Miracle -- Why Schools Can't Solve Our Problems and How We Can."


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