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This book about the actual events of desegregation in Boston schools in the 70's just goes to show that when you let the government/courts take over too much and you ignore the actual experts (people in the jobs) things can go mightily wrong. The government's job is to ensure accountability that those people are doing the best job they can but to ignore them is to destroy the very foundation for the possibility for change. All those people doing their political posturing didn't accomplish anythi ...more
I found this book at a local thrift store and bought it because my husband and I had been through school desegregation in St. Louis when we were teachers. The author was an English teacher at South Boston High School who experienced the court-ordered desegregation as it happened. It was a fascinating account of the daily turmoil she and the rest of the faculty faced as they tried to deal with the influx of black students from Roxbury. Unlike our situation here in St. Louis, "Southie" experienced ...more
This is a difficult read because of the subject matter (be prepared to be depressed and/or shocked), and both the topic and the format - a nearly daily chronicle of the years of busing at South Boston High School, detailing the number of students absent/present, the nature of the student fights, etc. - deterred me from really getting into the book. However, skimming it is worthwhile if you are interested in the subject.