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Interview with Daniel Ford Faris

Faris, Daniel Ford
Wright, Christina
Date of Interview: 
Faris, Daniel Ford, 1944-; Neill, Alexander Sutherland, 1883-1973; Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools; West Charlotte High School (Charlotte, N.C.); Piedmont Open Middle School (Charlotte, N.C.); Irwin Elementary School (Charlotte, N.C.); Open plan schools; Teachers; Language arts (Middle school); Parent-teacher relationships--Evaluation; Teaching teams; Grading and marking (Students)--Evaluation; School children--Discipline; School administrators--Attitudes; North Carolina--Charlotte; Interviews (Sound recordings); Oral histories
Daniel Ford Faris describes the open education learning environment at Piedmont Open Middle School between 1977 and 1997. He discusses his methods of teaching students, comparing and contrasting his techniques during his time at Spaugh Middle School and at Piedmont. Mr. Faris describes the school’s method of team teaching, evaluations and parent-teacher conferences, the importance of collaborations in the Open School system, and the ways in which most of the principles valued teacher input. Throughout the interview, Mr. Faris emphasizes how Open Education improved student behavior and learning skills. He also shares his views about the future of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System, and Open schools in general.
North Carolina--Charlotte; circa 1970 - 2005
Interview Setting: 
Home of Mr. Faris, North Carolina--Charlotte
Oral History, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, Open Schools Series
Collection Description: 
These interviews focus on the history and significance of open education in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System. They were inspired by a school history project at Piedmont Open Middle School in 2004.
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