185 Days: School Stories

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The door to Room 233 is open and you're invited in. Please observe a particular slice of public education in the U.S. It's one you won't hear about from most administrators, politicians, or the media, because most teachers (who are closest to the front) are seldom consulted on policy and reform.

185 Days: School Stories, through caricature, remains raw and realistic an insider's report of 185 days culled from thirty years of teaching. Had these days all happened in one year, no teacher could have survived. Woven together, they elicit sorrow and even outrage. But they offer hope and humor, too. And they reveal how very far we need to go to reach children, to nudge public education forward, and to even the playing field of public education's money and resources.

These stories were born from an urban public high school whose population is fifty percent white, forty percent black, and ten percent multiracial. Over ninety-five percent of the students come from low-income families-children qualifying for free or reduced lunch. It's a small school, about one-third the size of most city high schools, so it would seem easy to keep the students in line.

It wasn't.

Regardless of which side of the educational Rubik's Cube you can solve-student, parent, teacher, administrator, politician- you'll no longer wonder why the rest is a puzzle.

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