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Hope against hope : three schools, one city, and the struggle to educate America's children

Author: Sarah Carr
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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"Geraldlynn is a lively, astute 14-year-old. Her family, displaced by Hurricane Katrina, returns home to find a radically altered public education system. Geraldlynns parents hope their daughter's new school will prepare her college-but the teenager has ideals and ambitions of her own. Aidan is a fresh-faced Harvard grad drawn to New Orleans by the possibility of bringing change to a flood-ravaged city. He teaches  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sarah Carr
ISBN: 9781608194902 1608194906
OCLC Number: 772106476
Description: ix, 316 pages : map ; 25 cm
Contents: pt. I. "The Christmas of school days" (August 2010). The family --
The teacher --
The principal --
pt. II. Rebirth (summer 2005-summer 2010). The family : "Don't be like me. Be a little better." --
The teacher : "Teaching is a series of things you do in response to the data you get." --
The principal : "We are going to get this thing called education right." --
pt. III. High hopes (summer/fall 2010). The teacher : "A broken window means a broken path to college." --
The family : "We don't desire because we don't know what we are missing." --
The principal : "Our efforts should be spent on creating a school that's worth fighting for." --
pt. IV. Trouble (fall/winter 2010). The teacher : "I want to go to a normal school." --
The family : "KIPP be trying to change us." --
The principal : "I thought all the stories would be good stories." --
pt. V. Higher education (winter 2011). The teacher : "This is the way, hey! We start the day, hey! We get the knowledge, hey! To go to college!" --
The principal : "You want to go to college, baby?" --
The family : "Money makes money." --
pt. VI. Translations (spring 2011). The principal : "In every child I see my children." --
The teacher : "Is it that our kids are able to see through some things their teachers blindly follow?" --
The family : "They said they love us already, but they don't really know us."
Responsibility: Sarah Carr.
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"Geraldlynn is a lively, astute 14-year-old. Her family, displaced by Hurricane Katrina, returns home to find a radically altered public education system. Geraldlynns parents hope their daughter's new school will prepare her college-but the teenager has ideals and ambitions of her own. Aidan is a fresh-faced Harvard grad drawn to New Orleans by the possibility of bringing change to a flood-ravaged city. He teaches at an ambitious charter school with a group of newcomers determined to show the world they can use science, data, and hard work to build a model school. Mary Laurie is a veteran educator who becomes principal of one of the first public high schools to reopen after Katrina. Laurie and her staff find they must fight each day not only to educate the city's teenagers, but to keep the Walker community safe and whole. In this powerful narrative non-fiction debut, the lives of these three characters provide readers with a vivid and sobering portrait of education in twenty-first-century America. Hope Against Hope works in the same tradition as Random Family and There Are No Children Here to capture the challenges of growing up and learning in a troubled world"--

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