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Class Dismissed : A Year in the Life of an American High School, a Glimpse into the Heart of a Nation Paperback – Bargain Price, September 10, 2001
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It may be a good book to get angry at, or to spend an afternoon with if you can borrow it from a friend, but don't expect "Class Dismissed" to materially change the education debate.
Like these students I went to an urban high school with a significant minority population, largely African-American at the time (the mid 1970s). However, we did not have "tracking" in our school system. I am a white male from a middle class family and I did well in school. I was placed in class after class with students who (if, for example, it was an English class) could not read at their grade level. At the time I found this frustrating. Instead of actually reading Native Son, for example, we read a 'teleplay' of Native Son. Looking back on the experience, however, I have seen the wisdom of putting students of varying academic ability together; it developed my empathy for people with backgrounds that were different from my own.
Meredith Maran's book is at its best when she simply reports what is going on inside of Berkeley High School. When she gets out her soapbox and starts trying to address the larger societal issues that are influencing the events at BHS she quickly bogs down.
That none of the three students whom she profiles live in Berkeley is quite beside the point. I don't remember if a number is provided, but it seems that a significant percentages of BHS students come from other parts of the East Bay. I also do not believe that any of these students will be embarrassed in the future by the way they come off in this book.Read more ›
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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