Searching for hope : life at a failing school in the heart of America
- Tully, Matthew.
- Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c2012.
- Physical description
- xv, 261 p. : ill ; 24 cm.
LD7501 .I4646 T85 2012
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- Prologue 1 Why are you here?-- 2 I never thought he would be a dandelion-- 3 Can you believe this?-- 4 We do a good job with the kids who show up-- 5 I hate this school-- 6 Go to class, Zach-- 7 We're not going to be average here-- 8 Where's the school spirit?-- 9 I don't like being called stupid-- 10 You have to crawl first-- 11 We're dropping out-- 12 I get hit all the time-- 13 A trend of low achievement-- 14 What's gonna happen, Mr. Grismore?-- 15 Could you imagine if we filled the house?-- 16 It feels like I'm a somebody-- 17 I used to be bad-- 18 I knew I didn't want that-- 19 There's nobody that can't do something-- 20 It never stops around here-- 21 I like to solve problems-- 22 I'm the kid who doesn't exist-- 23 Trouble follows me-- 24 I'm willing to run these schools-- 25 Now I know why I'm tall-- 26 In honor of our schoolmates-- 27 Wow, this is amazing-- 28 You are survivors.
- (source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Publisher's Summary
- Searching for Hope is a gripping account of life in a once-great high school in a rough Indianapolis neighbourhood. Granted unfiltered access to Manual High throughout an entire school year, award-winning journalist Matthew Tully tells the complex story of the everyday drama, failures, and triumphs in one of the nation's many troubled urban public high schools. He walks readers into classrooms, offices, and hallways, painting a vivid picture of the profound academic problems, deep frustrations, and apathy that absorb and sometimes consume students, teachers, and administrators. Yet this intimate view also reveals the hopes, dreams, and untapped talents of some amazing individuals. Providing insights into the challenges confronting those who seek to improve the quality of America's schools, Tully argues that school leaders and policy makers must rally communities to heartfelt engagement with their schools if the crippling social and economic threats to cities such as Indianapolis are to be averted.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Publication date
- Matthew Tully.