The Children in Room E4: American Education on Trial

The Children in Room E4: American Education on Trial

by Susan Eaton
     
 

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With our nation's urban schools growing more segregated every year, Susan Eaton set out to see whether separate can ever really be equal. An award-winning journalist, Eaton spent four years at Simpson-Waverly Elementary School, an all-minority school in Hartford, Connecticut. Located in the poorest city in the wealthiest state in the nation, it is a glaring example

Overview

With our nation's urban schools growing more segregated every year, Susan Eaton set out to see whether separate can ever really be equal. An award-winning journalist, Eaton spent four years at Simpson-Waverly Elementary School, an all-minority school in Hartford, Connecticut. Located in the poorest city in the wealthiest state in the nation, it is a glaring example of the great racial and economic divide found in almost every major urban center across the country.

The Children in Room E4 is the compelling story of one student, one classroom, and one indomitable teacher, Ms. Luddy. In the midst of Band-Aid reforms and hotshot superintendents with empty promises, drug dealers and street gangs, Ms. Luddy's star student, Jeremy, and his fellow classmates face tremendous challenges both inside and outside of a school cut off from mainstream America.

Meanwhile, across town, a team of civil rights lawyers fight an intrepid battle to end the de facto segregation that beleaguers Jeremy's school and hundreds of others across America.

From inside the classroom and the courtroom, Eaton reveals the unsettling truths about an education system that leaves millions of children behind and gives voice to those who strive against overwhelming odds for a better future.

Editorial Reviews

the Oprah magazine O
"Riveting."—O: The Oprah Magazine
From the Publisher
"[Eaton] has written a book that goes to the heart of who we are as a nation, of what we mean when we ask our children to pledge allegiance to the flag of 'one nation, indivisible.'"—The Boston Globe
Washington Post Book World
"Timely and important."—The Washington Post Book World
O: the Oprah magazine
"Riveting."—O: The Oprah Magazine
Newsday
"Powerful. . . . Eaton's book makes a stirring companion to Jonathan Kozol's The Shame of a Nation."—New York Newsday
Chicago Tribune
"Compelling....Vivid."—Chicago Tribune
Boston Globe
"[Eaton] has written a book that goes to the heart of who we are as a nation, of what we mean when we ask our children to pledge allegiance to the flag of 'one nation, indivisible.'"—The Boston Globe

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565126176
Publisher:
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date:
01/27/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
153,620
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"Susan Eaton documents the corrosion of our nation's deepest faith. Rarely do journalists who have the chops for such difficult subjects possess the intellectual dexterity to hold together the many strands of information the rigorous research imparts. Rarer still are those who also have the writerly skill to tell complex stories beautifully and compellingly. Most cannot remain emotionally open because the experience will absolutely break their hearts. Eaton has it all: the artistry, the brains, the soul. The Children in Room E4 is our lucky gift. It is an outstanding book."
–Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, author of the NYT Bestseller Random Family

"The Children in Room E4 is a vivid and compelling book. To a subject of daunting complexity, Susan Eaton has brought a remarkable clarity of vision and also a deeply humane spirit, the kind of spirit that some, thank God, still struggle to bring to public education."
–Tracy Kidder, author of Among School Children and /Mountains Beyond Mountains

Meet the Author

Susan Eaton, an award-winning journalist specializing in education, is the research director at the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard, where she received her doctorate in education policy.

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