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No Particular Place to Go: The Making of a Free High School

reviewed by Marilyn Frankenstein - 1983

coverTitle: No Particular Place to Go: The Making of a Free High School
Author(s): Steve Bhaerman, Joel Denker
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale
ISBN: 0809310562, Pages: , Year: 1982
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I feel compelled to start this review with what may seem a minor point: The 1982 afterword does not criticize the generic use of the pronoun “he” in the 1972 book. Although it appears on only four pages (pp. 21, 49, 193, 194, with 23 instances), those are only places that call for either the generic “he” or a nonsexist construction such as “s/he.” I think that this omission in the afterword is symbolic of the fact that the authors do not seem to have learned very much in the ten years since they wrote about their experiences organizing and working in a free high school. The 1982 afterword does not deepen or expand upon the reflections in the 1972 book. Nevertheless, the 1972 book is an interesting document in the history of the alternative-school movement of the last decade and a half. It interweaves the authors’ personal changes in consciousness... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 85 Number 2, 1983, p. 337-343
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 887, Date Accessed: 9/19/2020 7:09:47 PM

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  • Marilyn Frankenstein
    University of Massachusetts
    MARILYN FRANKENSTEIN teaches mathematics at the College of Public and Community Service, University of Massachusetts, Boston. She has taught mathematics at Park East Alternative High School in East Harlem, New York, and at the Group School, an alternative high school for dropouts in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is also a member of the Radical Teacher editorial collective.
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