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Class Dismissed

Author : Meredith Maran
ISBN : 9780312271725
Genre : Education
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This gripping story -a year in the lives of three high school seniors and their school-takes us deep into the hearts and minds of American teenagers, and American society, today. The seniors of Berkeley High are the white, black, Latino, Asian, and multiracial children of judges and carpenters, software consultants and garbage collectors, housewives and housekeepers. Some are Harvard bound; others are illiterate. They are the Class of 2000, and through the lives of three of them Class Dismissed brings us inside the nation's most diverse high school-where we glimpse the future of the nation. Autumn was ten when her father abandoned her family; since then she's been helping her mother raise her two little brothers and keep food on the table-while keeping her grades up so she can go to college. Her faith in God gives Autumn strength, but who will give her the money she needs when she's offered the opportunity of a lifetime? From the outside, Jordan's life looks perfect. He hangs out with the "rich white kids"; rows on the crew team, has a cool mom, applied early to an East Coast college. But Jordan's drug-addicted father died last year, leaving Jordan reeling with grief and anger that makes his life feel anything but perfect-and his future suddenly seem uncertain. A third-generation Berkeley High student, Keith is bright and popular, a talented football player who hopes to play college ball and one day, go pro. But Keith has a reading problem that threatens his NFL dream. And the Berkeley police have a problem with Keith that threatens his very freedom. Looking into the lives of these young people, in this American town, at this time in history, we see more than what's true---and what's possible--for Berkeley High. We see what's true and what's possible for America.

Saving Schools

Author : Paul E. Peterson
ISBN : 9780674056763
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In this book Peterson interprets the history of American schools by placing major educational reformers in the context of their times and relates their thinking to our own era by scrutinizing the often unanticipated consequences of their commitments and ideas. These extraordinary individuals provided the critical ideas and articulated the ideals that motivated many others to search for ways to save the schools from the limitations in which they were embedded: Horace Mann, John Dewey, Martin Luther King, Al Shanker, William Bennett, and James S. Coleman. The drive to centralize was pervasive despite repeatedly expressed reform desire to customize education. Peterson argues that education has become an increasingly labor intensive industry that must reverse direction and become more capital intensive or it will descend in quality. Fortunately, technological change is making it possible radically alter the way in which education services are delivered, providing a new chance to save our schools.

A Class Apart

Author : Alec Klein
ISBN : 9781416545538
Genre : Education
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Enter Stuyvesant High, one of the most extraordinary schools in America, a place where the brainiacs prevail and jocks are embarrassed to admit they play on the woeful football team. Academic competition is so intense that students say they can have only two of these three things: good grades, a social life, or sleep. About one in four Stuyvesant students gains admission to the Ivy League. And the school's alumni include several Nobel laureates, Academy Award winners, and luminaries in the arts, business, and public service. A Class Apart follows the lives of Stuyvesant's remarkable students, such as Romeo, the football team captain who teaches himself calculus and strives to make it into Harvard; Jane, a world-weary poet at seventeen, battling the demon of drug addiction; Milo, a ten-year-old prodigy trying to fit in among high-school students who are literally twice his size; Mariya, a first-generation American beginning to resist parental pressure for ever-higher grades so that she can enjoy her sophomore year. And then there is the faculty, such as math chairman Mr. Jaye, who is determined not to let bureaucratic red tape stop him from helping his teachers. He even finds a job for a depressed math genius who lacks a college degree but possesses the gift of teaching. This is the story of the American dream, a New York City school that inspires immigrants to come to these shores so that their children can attend Stuyvesant in the first step to a better life. It's also the controversial story of elitism in education. Stuyvesant is a public school, but children must pass a rigorous entrance exam to get in. Only about 3 percent do so, which, Stuyvesant students and faculty point out, makes admission to their high school tougher than to Harvard. On the eve of the hundredth anniversary of Stuyvesant's first graduating class, reporter Alec Klein, an alumnus, was given unfettered access to the school and the students and faculty who inhabit it. What emerges is a book filled with stunning, raw, and heartrending personalities, whose stories are hilarious, sad, and powerfully moving.

The First Year Out

Author : Tim Clydesdale
ISBN : 9780226110677
Genre : Social Science
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Wild parties, late nights, and lots of sex, drugs, and alcohol. Many assume these are the things that define an American teenager’s first year after high school. But the reality is really quite different. As Tim Clydesdale reports in The First Year Out, teenagers generally manage the increased responsibilities of everyday life immediately after graduation effectively. But, like many good things, this comes at a cost. Tracking the daily lives of fifty young people making the transition to life after high school, Clydesdale reveals how teens settle into manageable patterns of substance use and sexual activity; how they meet the requirements of postsecondary education; and how they cope with new financial expectations. Most of them, we learn, handle the changes well because they make a priority of everyday life. But Clydesdale finds that teens also stow away their identities—religious, racial, political, or otherwise—during this period in exchange for acceptance into mainstream culture. This results in the absence of a long-range purpose for their lives and imposes limits on their desire to understand national politics and global issues, sometimes even affecting the ability to reconstruct their lives when tragedies occur. The First Year Out is an invaluable resource for anyone caught up in the storm and stress of working with these young adults.

Narratives From The Classroom

Author : Paul Chamness Miller
ISBN : 9781452263113
Genre : Education
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Narratives from the Classroom: An Introduction to Teaching introduces the reader to many of the important classroom issues surrounding the field of teaching. This book is unique in that it is a collection of personal accounts and ideas written by the teachers and teacher educators who lived those experiences. Because this is an introduction to teaching, each chapter addresses a different topic, ranging from the purpose of schools and teachers, issues about policies and programs in the school, and various practices found within the classroom walls. There is also a section that addresses preparation for the job market and what the first year of teaching is like. This book deliberately avoids being prescriptive and encourages the reader to form his or her own conclusions about the presented issues.

Senior High School Library Catalog

Author : H.W. Wilson Company
ISBN : UOM:39015054026037
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Each vol. is divided into 2 parts 1st-7th ed.: Dictionary catalog and Classified catalog; 8th-9th ed. have 3rd. part: Directory of publishers.

Kliatt Young Adult Paperback Book Guide

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Unfinished Business

Author : Pedro A. Noguera
ISBN : 0787972754
Genre : Education
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In this groundbreaking book, co-editors Pedro Noguera and Jean Yonemura Wing, and their collaborators investigated the dynamics of race and achievement at Berkeley High School–a large public high school that the New York Times called "the most integrated high school in America." Berkeley's diverse student population clearly illustrates the "achievement gap" phenomenon in our schools. Unfinished Business brings to light the hidden inequities of schools–where cultural attitudes, academic tracking, curricular access, and after-school activities serve as sorting mechanisms that set students on paths of success or failure.

Making Space

Author : Lance Trevor McCready
ISBN : UCAL:C3488579
Genre : African American gay men
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"This dissertation is an ethnographic study of Black gay male students who attend Berkeley High School (BHS) an urban high school in Northern California, and investigates how race, gender and sexuality affect their marginalization. The primary question guiding the investigation is whether, where, how, and with what consequences extracurricular activities marginalize Black gay male students at BHS. The theoretical framework of the study builds upon the concept of marginalization introduced by Cathy Cohen's provocative book. Boundaries of Blackness (1999), which examines institutional forms of marginalization in AIDS organizations and the Black press. The impetus of this dissertation study was research on race and sex segregation in extracurricular activities conducted during the 1996-1997 academic year under the auspices of the Diversity Project, a school-university collaborative action research project at BHS. Subsequent ethnographic research was conducted on intersections of race, gender and sexuality in two extracurricular activities: Project 10, the social/support group for queer students, and the Afro-Haitian Dance Program (AHDP) which is part of one of the nation's only African American Studies Department housed in a public high school. Four Black gay male students serve as focal students in the data analysis. Their experiences highlight how "cross cutting" issues of race, gender and sexuality marginalize Black gay male students within "indigenous" extracurricular activities that were established to serve the needs of queer students and Black students, respectively. Furthermore, their experiences reflect how responses to marginalization attempts to "make space" in the institutional structure of BHS through subversive performances of identity. The notion of making space reveals the sutured dynamics of multiple categories of identity and the dialectical relationship between the performance of identity and the structure of schools. In conclusion, 'queerying' the marginalization of Black male students helps us rethink the troubles facing Black males in urban schools and challenges us to develop intervention strategies that improve the educational outcomes of Black male students while simultaneously working to dismantle sexism and heterosexism"--Leaves 1-2.

The Case For Affirmative Action In University Admissions

Author : Bob Laird
ISBN : UOM:39015063265964
Genre : Business & Economics
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Examines the role of affirmative action in creating more diverse institutions, describes the debates regarding such programs, and explains the guidelines that will govern affirmative action policies in education in the future.

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