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Book Review: Stories of Survival Along the City’s Margins

Adrian Nicole LeBlanc’s Random Family explores a range of themes: cyclical poverty, failure of the social services system, the value of education and inequality of women and girls, just to name a few. But at its core, Random Family is an elegant story about people and their day-to-day survival, offering a glimpse into the joys […]

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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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Paul Tough Tackles How Children Succeed

For the better part of the last decade New York Times reporter Paul Tough has written about education, poverty and the obstacles to success students both in New York and across America face.

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Divided We Fail: The Story of an African American Community That Ended the Era of School Desegregation

Sarah Garland’s “Divided We Fail” tells the story of how the African-American community in Louisville, Kentucky challenged and defeated the system of desegregation in pubic schools.

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Beyond Clichés: Ron Suskind’s “A Hope in The Unseen”

Ron Suskind challenged the American Dream when he began reporting A Hope in the Unseen, published in 1995. The maxim that working hard guaranteed success looked very different for the “other America.”

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Ravitch Takes Aim at the Marketplace Reformers

Diane Ravitch takes critical aim at American education reform in The Death and Life of the Great American School System (2010), evaluating the effectiveness of standardized testing, choice, and charter schools. The book hinges on her “wrenching transformation” from advocate to critic of testing, accountability, and choice-based reforms. For years surrounded by conservative thinkers, and, […]

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A Journey Through America’s Charter-School Laboratory

New Orleans journalist Sarah Carr considers the big issues of education reform today through the lives and experiences of New Orleans’ kids and educators.

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Random Family by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

Random Family offers a clear-eyed look into the poverty-stricken world of the South Bronx in the 1980s.

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Choosing Life Over the Street

By the ages of 9 and 11, Pharaoh and Lafeyette Rivers knew they had to walk, not run, at the sound of gunfire. They stayed away from windows when shootings began. They realized that if they were drawn into gangs and violence, they would probably never leave the projects. In There Are No Children Here: […]

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The Big Test: An Informed History, A Decade Too Early

Nicholas Lemann dives into the past of America’s most famous test.

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