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If you're a parent, read the book and volunteer in your kids' classrooms.
For reasons that escape me the author selects as her representative sample of Berkeley High Students NO Berkeley teens!
Maran writes so skillfully - like a novelist, anthropologist, AND journalist - that these stories come alive.
Both of my daughters are enrolled in public school in Berkeley; in fact, we moved here from Los Angeles precisely for this reason. Read morePublished on November 11, 2007 by Leigh Bailey
I read this book for an education class and it was well worthwhile. It was written nicely and portrays the lives of three students at Berkeley High School. Read morePublished on March 26, 2007 by the worry rock
Maran's book, Class Dismissed, follows three senior High school students through their last year at Berkley High school. Read morePublished on February 19, 2006 by Leslie
As an educator, I am usually intrigued by books like this, as long as they are unbiased, which this book is not. Read morePublished on August 13, 2003
Every few years, someone writes a book about spending a year in an American high schools. This isn't necessarily a bad thing because high schools change. Read morePublished on July 17, 2001 by Memoiraddict
I enjoyed this book enough to read right through it, and I think the author did do a good job of pacing it. Read morePublished on May 27, 2001 by William Spongberg
I bought the book thinking it would be a more average tale of high school. Reading it, you immediately understand the BHS is a unique school and although the problem of... Read morePublished on February 18, 2001 by Chester Morrison
Although I had been in the market for a high school book that was more generic, I found myself engrossed nonetheless. Read morePublished on January 19, 2001