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Small Victories: The Real World of a Teacher, Her Students and Their High School / Edition 1
     

Small Victories: The Real World of a Teacher, Her Students and Their High School / Edition 1

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by Samuel G. Freedman
 

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ISBN-10: 0060920874

ISBN-13: 2900060920875

Pub. Date: 05/28/1991

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Small Victories is Samuel Freedman's remarkable story of life on the front lines in the sort of high school that seems like a disaster with walls—old, urban, overcrowded, and overwhelmingly minority. Seaward Park High School, on Manhattan's Lower East Side, has been ranked among the worst 10 percent of high schools in the state—yet 92

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Small Victories is Samuel Freedman's remarkable story of life on the front lines in the sort of high school that seems like a disaster with walls—old, urban, overcrowded, and overwhelmingly minority. Seaward Park High School, on Manhattan's Lower East Side, has been ranked among the worst 10 percent of high schools in the state—yet 92 percent of its graduates go on to higher education. The reason is dedicated teachers, one of whom, English instructor Jessica Siegel, is the subject of Freedman's unforgettably dramatic humanization of the education crisis. Following Siegel through the 1987-88 academic year, Freedman not only saw a master at work but learned from the inside just how a school functions against impossible odds. Small Victories alternates Jessica's experiences with those of others at Seaward Park, and as we cone to know intimately a number of the astonishing students and staff, Small Victories reveals itself as a book that has the power to change the way we see our world.

Author Biography: Samuel G. Freedman, who has won numerous awards for investigative reporting and feature writing, is a former reporter for The New York Times. He has written frequently for Rolling Stone and has taught in the Columbia University Graduate Departments of Theater and Journalism. He lives in New York City with his wife, Cynthia.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900060920875
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/28/1991
Series:
Harper Perennial
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
448

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction 1(7)
Prologue: Bobby Pins and Tissues 8(9)
Tough Cookie
17(27)
Lamplight
44(26)
Slumber Party
70(30)
Built to Fail
100(20)
Method Teaching
120(27)
The House at the Edge of the World
147(21)
Raccoon Badge
168(23)
The Ever Waveless Sea
191(18)
Liquid Paper
209(21)
Friends
230(12)
Month of Somedays
242(30)
Castillo de Jagua
272(21)
A Kind of Grail
293(26)
The Opa-Opa Show
319(15)
Soupin' 'em Up
334(22)
The Verities
356(16)
Leaving Trains
372(18)
Greatest Miss
390(16)
Part of Something
406(15)
Afterword 421(2)
Bibliography 423

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Small Victories: The Real World of a Teacher, Her Students and Their High School 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
an out standing book. it tells how a teacher helped in creating different world for students. a low income and moral society and a huge divers in it and yet she found a middle point to balance.