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How Communities Build Stronger Schools by Anne Wescott Dodd
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Dec 13, 2007

it was ok
bookshelves: teaching, 2008
Read in January, 2008

depressing. i mean, not, but. in the schools i teach at, this isn't really possible. these communities are so poverty-stricken and depressed and so on that. i mean, i have one kid that brings in the entire family's income by selling illegal bootlegs on the weekends and after school on the street, i have another that is under police protective custody for witnessing a gang murder, another that is currently being shuffled from foster home to foster home so she hasn't been to school in weeks, and another kid that takes care of his mother and younger siblings in his "spare" time. not to mention not one of them has a father figure actually present, and their life goals are going to the NFL or working at mcdonalds.

seriously.

this will work in stronger, suburban, wealthier communities. when the community is just barely getting by, you can't really expect them to be all over education.
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