Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412939584 | Print ISBN: 9780761930877 | Online ISBN: 9781412939584 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Angelo Patri (1876–1965) was the first Italian immigrant to become a New York City public school principal. His tenure in inner-city schools stretched from 1908 to 1944–5 years as principal at an elementary school in the Bronx and 31 years as principal at Bronx Junior High School. At Teachers College, Columbia University, Patri was introduced to the ideas of John Dewey, specifically the essay Ethical Principles . From then on, his teaching and leadership reflected the ideals of American progressivism—that is, he fought to release schools from the grip of tradition, rules, records, and endless routine. He combined contemporary ideas on community-parent involvement with a desire to improve schools at the school ...