High Schoolreviewed by Jack Fields — 1971
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.) Title:
Ronald Gross, Paul OstermanPublisher:
Simon & Schuster, New YorkISBN:
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- Jack Fields
Great Neck North High School