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Made in America: Immigrant Students in Our Public Schools

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This is a firsthand portrait of life at Madison High, a prototype public high school. Laurie Olsen spent two-and-a-half years in the Madison High community attending classes and interviewing teachers, administrators, students, and parents.
Paperback, 276 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by New Press (first published October 28th 1997)
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Nicholas Snyder
Nov 19, 2015 Nicholas Snyder rated it it was amazing
Laurie Olsen’s book: Made in America gives insight into the world of an English language learner. It gives example after example of cases she has personally seen and worked with. She goes deep into explaining the thought process and giving exact quotes from actual students. This book is both thought provoking and life changing for teachers who have not worked with or learned how to assist an English language learner. I highly recommend this book if you are a content teacher or if you are gettin ...more
May 19, 2016 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book, which I believe originated as a doctoral dissertation, is a detailed account of a typical high school in the Bay Area of California and its response to a sudden and dramatic increase of immigrant families in the community. Olsen spent two years immersed in this school interviewing students, teachers, and administrators, and provides an extremely accurate account of the perception of the adults on campus and how that compares to the reality of what different groups of students actually ...more
Apr 21, 2014 D rated it it was amazing
Gives a voice to the students who have very little opportunity to speak out in America. Agree or disagree with them, one could certainly learn from the way they feel about the situation they must face. Certainly insightful.
John Kissell
Jun 02, 2016 John Kissell rated it really liked it
Read for a class. This is a really effective examination of teaching immigrants in U.S. classrooms ...
May 30, 2009 Rebecca rated it it was ok
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I read about half of this book and eventually put it down. It's a very interesting topic, talking about the clashes in cultures between students of different backgrounds who all attend the same school. Unfortunately it did not hold my attention because each chapter was much too long for the amount of information that was in it.
Sep 26, 2009 Claire rated it really liked it
Very informative if not the best writing. Worth reading just to understand what's happening and what's at stake in our schools. This effects everyone.
Oct 25, 2014 Maura rated it liked it
Read this for my ESL class in my education Master's program. It was interesting enough, but kind of common sense.
Oct 29, 2008 Michael marked it as to-read
Haven't read yet; need to add to list of educational ethnographies for next semester.
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