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The Street Stops Here: A Year at a Catholic High School in Harlem
"The Street Stops Here "offers a deeply personal and compelling account of a Catholic high school in central Harlem, where mostly disadvantaged (and often non-Catholic) African American males graduate on time and get into college. Interweaving vivid portraits of day-to-day school life with clear and evenhanded analysis, Patrick J. McCloskey takes us through an eventful yea ...more
ebook, 480 pages
Published January 3rd 2009 by University of California Press
(first published December 4th 2008)
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Understanding urban issues has been high on my radar since an unprovoked attack in January of this year. I was reading a book about schooling at the time (Back to School), which was a lucky stroke that steered me towards empathy for a product of a flawed system. The erosion of cities is a complex thing, but education is, I believe, one node of success or failure for a city or neighborhood. Also, I'm a microbiologist by profession, which sometimes evoke wonder at my intelligence and dismissal of ...more
This book partially resembles "And Still We Rise" because it gives an inside look at the different teaching styles found in poor urban areas, but I appreciated it more, because instead of Compton, its about Harlem, and its more current. I didn't altogether buy into the author's salesmanship of the Catholic school model, because as the book noted, the teachers suffer under this approach. Private school teachers are under-qualified or under-paid, and this leads to a high turnover, which is terribl ...more
This work was painfully earnest and borderline unendurable; McCloskey here manages to tell us less than nothing new. Throughout, he inserts himself squarely, and distractingly, into a story that truly deserves better. Frankly, the book I'd much rather read would be written by Yusuf, Kawone, Linwood, and the rest of the Rice Men who had to put up with McCloskey wandering around their campus for a year... Ugh.
I really became attached to all the characters and the overall success of Rice High School while reading the novel. Teaching in Harlem myself, I was sad to hear that the school has since closed. Seems like it was doing great work for the men with the privilege to attend. I hope they reopen one day in another building! Thank you to my friend KW for letting me into his world and lending me the novel!