A true winner to higher learning by this once public school teacher I've seen it witness it and felt the impact it made in lives . MRS. MARVA N COLLINS Marva Collins grew up in Atmore, Alabama at a time when segregation was the rule. Black people were not permitted to use the public library, and her schools had few books, and no indoor plumbing. Nonetheless, her family instilled in her an awareness of the family’s historical excellence and helped develop her strong desire for learning, achievement and independence. After graduating from Clark College in Atlanta, Georgia, she taught school in Alabama for two years. She moved to Chicago and taught in Chicago’s public school system for fourteen years. Her experiences in that system, coupled with her dissatisfaction with the quality of education that her two youngest children were receiving in prestigious private schools, convinced her that children deserved better than what was passing for acceptable education. That conviction led to her decision to open her own school on the second floor of her home. She took the $5,000 balance in her school pension fund and began her educational program with an enrollment of her own two children and four other neighborhood youngsters. Westside preparatory School was founded in 1975 in Garfield Park, a Chicago inner-city area. During the first year, Marva took in learning disabled, problem children and even one child who had been labeled by Chicago public school authorities as borderline retarded. At the end of the first year, every child scored at least five grades higher proving that the previous labels placed on these children were misguided. Marva’s graduates have entered some of the nation’s finest colleges and universities, such as Harvard, Yale, and Stanford, to mention just a few. And, they have become physicians, lawyers, engineers, educators, and entered other professions. Ms. Collins has received many accolades in recognition of her outstanding work with children. She was featured on Good Morning, America, 20/20, Fox News, and many more programs too numerous to list. A made-for-television movie titled, The Marva Collins Story starred Cicely Tyson and Morgan Freeman first aired in1 1982, and is still presented on television. Some of her awards include: - The Jefferson Award for Benefiting the Disadvantaged - The Humanitarian Award for Excellence - Legendary Women of the World Award - Many honorary doctoral degrees from universities such as Amherst, Dartmouth, Notre Dame, and Clark University - The prestigious National Humanities Medal in 2004 Marva Collins trains teachers in her educational program and methodology. Her curriculum is based on classical literature, black culture,and other subject material that contain ideas, lofty thoughts, and abstract concepts. Marva Collins, born August 31, 1936, to Henry and Bessie Knight, Jr. in Atmore, Alabama, is an educator who in 1975 started Westside Preparatory School in Garfield Park, an impoverished neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. She ran the school for more than 30 years until it closed in 2008, due to lack of sufficient enrollment and funding.  She is famous for applying classical education successfully with impoverished students, many of whom had been wrongly labelled as 'learning-disabled' by public schools. She once wrote, "I have discovered few learning disabled students in my three decades of teaching. I have, however, discovered many, many victims of teaching inabilities."  She has written a number of manuals, books and motivational tracts describing her history and methods. She was most widely publicized in the 1981 biographical TV movie The Marva Collins Story starring Cicely Tyson and Morgan Freeman. She graduated from Clark College in Atlanta, In 1996 she began supervising three Chicago public schools that had been placed on probation. In 2004 she received a National Humanities Medal, QUOTES of MARVA ! “Don't try to fix the students, fix ourselves first. The good teacher makes the poor student good and the good student superior. When our students fail, we, as teachers, too, have failed.” Excellence is not an act but a habit. The things you do the most are the things you will do best. Determination and perseverance move the world; thinking that others will do it for you is a sure way to fail.” “The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another.” Trust yourself. Think for yourself. Act for yourself. Speak for yourself. Be yourself. Imitation is suicide.” “Mr. Meant-to has a friend, his name is Didn't-Do. Have you met them? They live together in a house called Never-Win. And I am told that it is haunted by the Ghost of Might-have-Been.” She had change the way school should be taught and with her style she became a living legend in her time. getting out of the public system and intop our own ways of teaching from homebase would give our children a better outlook into life and the american system.