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Another Planet : A Year in the Life of a Suburban High School

Another Planet : A Year in the Life of a Suburban High School - 01 edition

Another Planet : A Year in the Life of a Suburban High School - 01 edition

ISBN13: 9780060505851

ISBN10: 0060505850

Another Planet : A Year in the Life of a Suburban High School by Elinor Burkett - ISBN 9780060505851
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 01
Copyright: 2001
Publisher: Perennial Library
Published: 2001
International: No
Another Planet : A Year in the Life of a Suburban High School by Elinor Burkett - ISBN 9780060505851

ISBN13: 9780060505851

ISBN10: 0060505850

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 01

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Summary

With a novelist's eye, Elinor Burkett takes readers behind the school system's closed doors, revealing a world of mixed messages, manufactured myths, and political hype.

In the wake of school shootings across the country, one question haunted America: What is going wrong inside our nation's schools? To find out, award-winning journalist Elinor Burkett spent nine months -- from the opening pep rally to graduation day -- in a suburban Minneapolis high school. She attended classes, hung out with students, listened to parents, and joined teachers on the front lines.

She soon discovered that, post-Columbine, fears about loners and misfits, "Smoker's New Year" (a pot holiday), "Zero Tolerance" policies, and school lockdowns have become as much a part of a teen's high school experience as dating and Clearasil. But Burkett goes even deeper and makes some startling conclusions in this poignant exposé of the real problems facing educators, parents, and the children they try to teach.

Author Bio

Burkett, Elinor :

Elinor Burkett is an award-winning journalist and the author of six books on a wide-range of topics. A former reporter for the Miami Herald, she has written for The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Rolling Stone, Mirabella, Metropolitan Home, and Elle among other magazines. Before turning to writing, she spent 13 years as a college professor. She and her husband make their home in the Catskill Mountains of New York.