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Streetsmart Schoolsmart: Urban Poverty and the Education of Adolescent Boys (Multicultural Education) (Multicultural Education Series) Paperback – March 30, 2012
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To start, it is definitely one of the more optimistic books on education equality I have read, which is something the literature on this topic desperately needs. While it covers a lot of information about gangs here in Southern California (including the lesser known Vietnamese gangs of Orange County), it also tells the stories of a few young youth who managed to get out and get going in their lives. Truly touching stories, we understand that gang membership is not a death sentence, nor are bad grades or low expectations. Having former gang member for friends myself, I understand the struggles and this book tells the experiences in an accurate, but sensitive way.
It also covers some school programs, which are also interesting- although probably less so to the average reader. What is interesting, however, is that the authors also put out their own stories, which helps explain their own position. Quality qualitative work displays one's reflexivity, and by telling their own stories in the appendix we get an understanding for the perspective that we read. This is also not typically done within books coming out of a university (or in general), and should be appreciated. It also really puts a face to the writers.
Overall, the book tells a unique perspective, is well written, and takes some daring approaches to the material that makes it more appealing to the average reader. There are some moments when it slows down (which in fairness, is always going to happen whenever you go from a touching story to a school program) and a reader may have mixed feelings about this format. Still, it's still a worthwhile purchase and a good break away from the regular depressing material we always end up reading. Good work.
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This easy to read to book told important and poignant stories about youth and the struggles they face in schools and around schools today as they struggle to be both streetsmart... Read morePublished on December 9, 2012 by S.
The authors do an excellent job including a comprehensive qualitative analysis in addition to narratives of individuals' lived experiences. Read morePublished on December 4, 2012 by Jamila