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Shopping Mall High School: Winners and Losers in the Educational Marketplace

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The successor volume to Theodore Sizer's Horace's Compromise, "A sobering analysis of current conditions in our secondary schools and how they got that way"--Albert Shanker, President, American Federation of Teachers.
Paperback, 350 pages
Published March 13th 1999 by Houghton Mifflin (first published September 1st 1985)
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Ms. A.
May 29, 2015 Ms. A. rated it it was amazing
Let me be clear, in this case the rating isn't because "it was amazing". A book like this isn't going to be amazing. Interesting, yes, but amazing, no.
I read this book the first time years ago when I was writing my thesis. This 2nd read through was more of a skim through for my dissertation. The reason Powell, Farrar, and Cohen got my 5 stars is because 30 years later what they wrote is still applicable and their observations/research have stood the test of time. The last portion of the book, th
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Jan 08, 2008 Rebecca rated it really liked it
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This book was recommended to me by my Advisor as a classic. What a great metaphor: the American high school as Shopping Mall. Some might think this book is dated, but it is still very applicable to today's high schools.
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