Death of Marva Collins

August 31, 1936 - June 24, 2015
Chicago, Illinois | Age 78

Innovative Chicago educator has died at 78
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Marva Collins, the Chicago education pioneer who won praise for her innovative teaching approach at the West Side school she launched in 1975, died Wednesday of natural causes. She was 78.

Her son Patrick Collins announced the death. He said she had been a patient in hospice care in Beaufort County, South Carolina.

Marva Collins started up the Westside Preparatory School in Chicago's impoverished Garfield Park neighborhood. She used the Socratic method of instruction,...

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