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Nurturing Talent in High School: Life in the Fast Lane

reviewed by Stephen T. Schroth - 2006

coverTitle: Nurturing Talent in High School: Life in the Fast Lane
Author(s): Lawrence J. Coleman
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807746126, Pages: 130, Year: 2005
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Critics from the left and the right often castigate American schools for failing to provide students with the rigorous education necessary for future success. Detractors from the right focus upon a perceived lack of challenge for the brightest students, while those on the left decry inequities in the educational opportunities available for diverse learners. Lawrence J. Coleman’s Nurturing Talent in High School: Life in the Fast Lane provides an illuminating examination of a school that challenges both factions’ perceptions. Coleman spent a year examining students at America’s only public residential high school, which he refers to as the Greenhouse Institute (GI). Coleman provides a glimpse of students who, as a result of pursuing academics of the first order and living and working with diverse classmates, create an environment that accelerates their development. The focus of Coleman’s ethnography is solely on the GI’s students—their work habits, their motivations, and their adjustments... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 8, 2006, p. 1616-1619
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12218, Date Accessed: 5/30/2020 6:37:04 PM

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  • Stephen Schroth
    University of Virginia
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    STEPHEN T. SCHROTH possesses a BA from Macalester College, a JD from the University of Minnesota Law School, an MA from Teachers College at Columbia University, and is a doctoral candidate in the Educational Psychology/Gifted Education program at the University of Virginia. He currently works at the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented. Prior to enrolling at UVA, Mr. Schroth served as a classroom teacher and literacy coach in the Los Angeles Unified School District, teaching a variety of elementary grades and serving as a gifted coordinator. His research interests include talent development of diverse students, evaluation of gifted education programs, effective instructional and leadership practices, integration of technology in the classroom, and working with English-language development.
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