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Fires in the Bathroom: Advice for Teachers from High School Students


reviewed by Peter Gow — 2004

coverTitle: Fires in the Bathroom: Advice for Teachers from High School Students
Author(s): Kathleen Cushman and the Students of What Kids Can Do
Publisher: New Press, New York
ISBN: 1565848020, Pages: 240, Year: 2003
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Fires in the Bathroom: Advice for Teachers from High School Studentsmay be an important book; it was cited in the New York Times Education Life supplement weeks before it was even published. Like Theodore and Nancy Faust Sizer’s The Students Are Watching (1999) and the extraordinary Letter to a Teacher by the Schoolboys of Barbiana (1971), Fires in the Bathroom uses a student point of view to provoke reflection and change. (The title, incidentally, refers to trashcan fires set by students in schools. “[D]eep down,” the author states in the Preface, “all of us know why.”) The student voices here are those of an extremely diverse body of high school collaborators from New York City, Providence, and the San Francisco area who provided the raw material out of which Kathleen Cushman has fashioned this book. Half polemic and half manual, Fires in the Bathroom offers both a powerful but familiar critique of American teaching at its worst and an exhaustive list of ways for teachers to... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 2, 2004, p. 401-403
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11161, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 3:49:38 PM

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