School of Dreams: Making the Grade at a Top American High School

By Edward Humes
The pressure to succeed in our nation's most competitive public high schools is often crushing. Striving to understand this insular world, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Edward Humes spent a year at California's Whitney High, a school so renowned that parents move across town-and across the world-hoping to enroll their children. That's because schools like Whitney deliver everything parents want: love of learning, a sense of mission, and SAT scores that pave the way to elite universities. Attending such a school, of course, carries its own toll: High-achieving, pressured kids survive on espresso and four hours' sleep a night, falling into despair if they get a B.
Lively, personal, and very readable, School of Dreams uncovers what works-and what doesn't-at this model high school, offering parents, students, and teachers some powerful messages about public education today.

"Humes'' fascinating book chronicles an entirely different group of students, with a different set of challenges."


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Publisher Harvest Books
Publish date 09/09/2011
Pages 370
ISBN-13 9780156030076
ISBN-10 0156030071
Language English

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