Marva Collins dies at 78. Mrs. Collins probably should not need an introduction but she is better known in the field of education. Mrs. Collins was especially known for her stand against the low standards of education in the inner city public schools. The article here describes her methodology as “back to the basics” but it was anything but that. She taught the Classics in a dialectical method where her grade school students were reading and discussing Socrates and Shakespeare. If anything, what Mrs. Collins brought to the inner city was a Classical education model.