- Paperback: 323 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (August 12, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743299450
- ISBN-13: 978-0743299459
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,839,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Class Apart: Prodigies, Pressure, and Passion Inside One of America's Best High Schools Paperback – August 12, 2008
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"If Stuyvesant High School's students can embrace learning so enthusiastically, why can't everyone? Alec Klein, a young Stuyvesant alum familiar with the culture, devotes a year to diving back into the school's daily life in search of answers to that question. Klein's conclusions are surprising and have meaning for public schools everywhere."
-- Jay Mathews, Washington Post education reporter and columnist
"Alec Klein, a masterful reporter and writer, weaves a spellbinding, sympathetic narrative about one of America's best high schools and how its remarkable students and teachers change each other's lives. A Class Apart also teaches an important lesson: that even the brightest youngsters -- whom other schools often take for granted -- need guidance and nurturing from caring adults."
-- Dan Golden, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The Wall Street Journal and author of The Price of Admission
About the Author
Alec Klein is an award-winning reporter at The Washington Post. His previous book, Stealing Time: Steve Case, Jerry Levin, and the Collapse of AOL Time Warner, was a national bestseller that The New York Times called "a compelling parable of greed and power and hubris." He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and daughter.
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The book humanized the school for me and my son made this his first choice among the specialized schools. Now we wait to find out if he tests as well as I think he does.
In my day, we were at the old facility on 15st. and didn't have the distractions of girls in the class. I am determined to go back to New York and visit the new school and see what has occured in over 50 years.
University of California, Irvine
Engineering and Information Technology
With references to the "American Dream," Klein offers a sympathetic and candid portrayal of life at Stuyvesant. He spends a year back at his alma mater observing its students, parents, teachers, staff and administrators. There he meets Romeo, a gifted football player-scholar, a title that sounds oxymoronic but makes perfect sense given that he is a senior headed for Harvard. He presents Mr. Jaye, a committed and passionate administrator who is willing to "bend the rules" to ensure that the students and faculty live up to their full potential. And we meet Milo, a 10-year old mathematical prodigy who occasionally retreats to the simple pleasures of childhood.
Wishing to refrain from the temptation of projecting the observations witnessed at Stuyvesant to the nation at large, Klein chooses, instead, to focus on a few of the people who make this school exceptional. The book serves as a reminder that it's the people, not the policies that make a school successful. Klein's book is an effortless read that offers personal and caring insight into the passions of learning and teaching.
Lauren Eisenberg Davis
Coordinator, Maryland Writers' Association Creative Nonfiction Critique Group