Welcome to Heights High: The Crippling Politics of Restructuring America's Public Schools

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Welcome to Heights High documents a real-life attempt to put into practice the most promising school-improvement theories of the past decade. From 1988 to 1992 its journalist author was a "fly on the wall" at an uneasily integrated high school located in a progressive, middle-class suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. There Diana Tittle observed the progress of the Model School Project, an ambitious effort to reinvent the school that was prompted by the principal's unwillingness to accept as a given the persistent failure ...
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Overview

Welcome to Heights High documents a real-life attempt to put into practice the most promising school-improvement theories of the past decade. From 1988 to 1992 its journalist author was a "fly on the wall" at an uneasily integrated high school located in a progressive, middle-class suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. There Diana Tittle observed the progress of the Model School Project, an ambitious effort to reinvent the school that was prompted by the principal's unwillingness to accept as a given the persistent failure of his African-American students. One of the earliest school restructuring attempts undertaken anywhere, the Model School Project enjoyed admirable goals, ample funding, and grassroots leadership by the high school faculty. Yet despite these advantages, it came to naught.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814206836
  • Publisher: Ohio State University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Series: Urban Life and Urban Landscape Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 345
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Mise-en-Scene
Pt. 1 The Culture of Inertia 1
1 A Simple Remodeling Job 7
2 A New Principle 16
3 Discipline First 27
4 Time for Reflection 41
5 The Dilemma of Leadership 52
6 Less Is More 62
7 Solidarity Forever 73
Pt. 2 Psychological Warfare
8 A Strategic Retreat 89
9 Intramural Rivalry 103
10 Hearts and Minds 113
11 Hidden Agendas 131
Pt. 3 The Backlash
12 A Minor Uprising 143
13 The Question of Exclusion 156
14 The Silent Majority 169
15 A Failure to Communicate 184
16 Masters of a Slow Death 192
17 The Walkout 202
Pt. 4 Business as Usual
18 Management by Crisis 219
19 Deadly Decisions 230
Epilogue 246
Afterword 263
Appendix 267
Notes 269
Source Notes 295
Bibliography 325
Index 331
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