Rivlin, Harry N.

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RIVLIN, HARRY N. (1904–1991), U.S. educator. Born in New York, Rivlin was a schoolteacher before joining the department of education at the City College of New York. In 1939, he organized and headed the department of education at the newly-established Queens College. In 1957 he was appointed dean of teacher education for the newly-established City University of New York. In this post, he served as chief administrative officer of one of the largest teacher education programs in the country. As a coordinator for the Great Cities School Improvement Program, Rivlin studied the ways in which schools were dealing with the educationally and socially disadvantaged. When he was chairman of the Committee on Urban Teaching of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, he was instrumental in setting up a national clearinghouse for research in urban education. He served as acting president of City College during 1961–62. One of America's foremost experts on the problems of education in urban ghettos, Rivlin was chiefly responsible for the plan for training teachers for schools in low socioeconomic areas, which was accepted by the New York City Board of Education in 1966.

He was one of the editors of the Encyclopedia of Modern Education (1943), and his published works include: Educating for Adjustment (1936); Teaching Adolescents in Secondary Schools (1948, 19612) edited with Herman H. Remmers; Growth and Learning (1957); New Teachers for New Immigrants (1965); Cultural Pluralism in Education (with M. Stent and W. Hazard, 1973); The Control of Urban Schools (1974); The College's Responsibility to Its Faculty (1974); and In Praise of Diversity (with M. Gold and C. Grant, 1977).


The City University of New York, Division of Teacher Education, Teacher Education News and Notes, 17 (March–April 1966).

[Ernest Schwarcz]