Marva Collins, who would go on to develop her own educational method and empower students in urban Chicago, was born on August 31, 1936 in Alabama. She surmounted one obstacle after another to become one of the world’s most famous educators. Her highly effective, controversial pedagogy was so distinctive that it became known simply as “the Marva Collins Way.” . . .

Endnotes

1. Marva Collins and Civia Tamarkin, Marva Collins’ Way, 2nd ed. (New York: Penguin Putnam, 1990 [1982]), 32–38.

2. Collins and Tamarkin, Marva Collins’ Way, 46.

3. Collins and Tamarkin, Marva Collins’ Way, 46–48.

4. Collins and Tamarkin, Marva Collins’ Way, 50.

5. Collins and Tamarkin, Marva Collins’ Way, 50–52.

6. Collins and Tamarkin, Marva Collins’ Way, 55.

7. Collins and Tamarkin, Marva Collins’ Way, 53–72.

8. Collins and Tamarkin, Marva Collins’ Way, 110; see, generally, Collins and Tamarkin, Marva Collins’ Way, 79–128, for an account of Collins’s 1975–1976 school year.

9. Collins and Tamarkin, Marva Collins’ Way, 127.

10. Collins and Tamarkin, Marva Collins’ Way, 121–23.

11. See, for example, Collins and Tamarkin, Marva Collins’ Way, 64–65 and 118–20.

12. Collins and Tamarkin, Marva Collins’ Way, 51, 57, 59, and 118-20.

13. Collins and Tamarkin, Marva Collins’ Way, 148; see, generally, Collins and Tamarkin, Marva Collins’ Way, 90–91, 122–25, and 147–59.

14. Marva Collins, “Educational Program and Philosophy,” Marva Collins Seminars, http://www.marvacollins.com:80/philosophy.html.

15. Collins and Tamarkin, Marva Collins’ Way, 29–30 and 157.

16. Collins, “Educational Program and Philosophy.”

17. Collins, Ordinary Children, Extraordinary Teachers (Charlottesville, VA: Hampton Roads Publishing, 1992), 75.

18. Collins and Tamarkin, Marva Collins’ Way, 22–30 and 80–92.

19. Collins and Tamarkin, Marva Collins’ Way, 22, 23, 31, 84, and 85.

20. Collins and Tamarkin, Marva Collins’ Way, 48.

21. Collins and Tamarkin, Marva Collins’ Way, 95 and 141.

22. Marva Collins, “Comments and Observations,” Marva Collins Seminars, https://web.archive.org/web/20141205093330/http://www.marvacollins.com:80/comments.html; Collins, Ordinary Children, Extraordinary Teachers, 114.

23. Collins, Ordinary Children, Extraordinary Teachers, 106; Collins and Tamarkin, Marva Collins’ Way, 192.

24. Collins, Ordinary Children, Extraordinary Teachers, 38–39.

25. Collins and Tamarkin, Marva Collins’ Way, 111 and 155–56.

26. Collins and Tamarkin, Marva Collins’ Way, 58.

27. Collins and Tamarkin, Marva Collins’ Way, 30 and 141–42.

28. Collins and Tamarkin, Marva Collins’ Way, 178.

29. Collins, Ordinary Children, Extraordinary Teachers, 33–35.

30. Collins and Tamarkin, Marva Collins’ Way, 160.

31. Collins and Tamarkin, Marva Collins’ Way, 161 and 194.

32. Collins, Ordinary Children, Extraordinary Teachers, 9; Collins and Tamarkin, Marva Collins’ Way, 117.

33. The Marva Collins Story, directed by Peter Levin (Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions, 1981).

34. “Prince Donates $500,000 to Marva Collins’ School,” Jet (November 4, 1985), 63. Prince also included Collins in the last fifty seconds of his 1994 music video for “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World,” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMnqtzUqTwA.

35. “Epilogue,” in Collins and Tamarkin, Marva Collins’ Way, 211–14.

36. “Marva Collins,” Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marva_Collins.

37. “Marva Collins, Renowned Educator, Dies at 78,” Chicago Tribune (June 25, 2015), http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-marva-collins-obituary-met-20150625-story.html.

38. Alex Haley, foreword, in Collins and Tamarkin, Marva Collins’ Way, 1–2.

39. Collins and Tamarkin, Marva Collins’ Way, 91.

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