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“The New Kids”: A Look Into the Lives of Immigrant Students

In “The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens,” author Brooke Hauser reveals the long journeys the students endured to reach Brooklyn, New York.  And then once enrolled in Brooklyn International High School, a public school in Prospect Heights specifically geared for newly arrived teenagers, they faced a […]

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Book Review: There Are No Children Here

What began as an article for the Wall Street Journal expanded into a book. In There Are No Children Here, author Alex Kotlowitz told the tale of two African-American boys growing up in Horner Houses, one of the most dangerous projects in Chicago in the 80s. He illuminated issues like gang violence, drug trade and […]

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Book Review: The Teacher Wars: A History at America’s Most Embattled Profession

A more appropriate title for this book would be “The Teacher Wars: A Look at America’s Longest Conflict,” for as author Dana Goldstein puts it in her informative and enlightening 368 pages, the struggle to create a more perfect education system is about as old as the nation itself. Goldstein’s book looks at several themes […]

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A conversation with Jay Mathews, author of ‘Work Hard, Be Nice’

School-Stories.org reporter Jessica Huseman talks with author Jay Mathews about the origins and future of his book, “Work Hard, Be Nice.”

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‘Hope Against Hope’ offers detailed look at post-Katrina New Orleans school district

Hope Against Hope offers a thoughtful look from the ground up at New Orleans’ school district after years of complete overhaul.

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The Big Test rings true

Nicholas Lemann’s “The Big Test: The Secret of the American Meritocracy,” shows the story of how success on the SAT became equated with more college choice.

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A Hope in the Unseen explores one student’s journey to an Ivy League

Much of Hope in the Unseen’s success could be attributed to the detailed reporting and the access Suskind had in Cedric’s high school, and later, his university.

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Book Review on Leblanc’s Random Family

Adrian Nicole Leblanc spent a decade reporting on the lives of urban street kids and their families in the South Bronx. It all started in the early 1990s when a clip in Newsday about the trial of a heroin dealer by the name of Boy George grabbed her attention. The trial gave wings to Leblanc’s […]

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Who are “The Smartest Kids in the World”?

Amanda Ripley decided to “wander off” from the highly politicized education debate in America. She went to three countries which have shown the greatest gains in the last decades to find out what we might be doing wrong.

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Conversing with “All God’s Children” Author Fox Butterfield

Nearly 20 years after its publication, author Fox Butterfield talks about the challenges of writing “All God’s Children,” the anatomy of New York’s juvenile justice system told through the history of Willie Bosket’s family.

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