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High School

reviewed by Jack Fields 1971

coverTitle: High School
Author(s): Ronald Gross, Paul Osterman
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, New York
ISBN: , Pages: 352, Year: 1971
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In a series of essays under three headings, "Why We Have Them," "What It's Like," and "Jumping the Track," the editors muster arms against "the American high school [as] the most absurd part of an educational system pervaded by absurdity." Heavy weapons from sharpshooters like Peter Marin, Edgar Z. Friedenberg, and Theodore Roszak are supported by intense ground fire from teachers and students who themselves were shot down by the educational system. The concluding section, "Jumping the Track," throws some flares into the darkness with descriptions of alternative experimental and free schools, such as Murray Road, Newton, Massachusetts, Parkway, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, John Adams, Portland, Oregon, Harlem Prep, and LEAP, New York. Few champions seem to be around to man the barricades in support of the status quo in our public schools. It would take either great courage or myopia to argue on their behalf in face of the mounting disaffection, turbulence, and deterioration everywhere. The snipers, on the other hand, are laying it on the line... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 73 Number 2, 1971, p. 326-327
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1620, Date Accessed: 1/18/2019 1:09:32 PM

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