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Another Planet by Elinor Burkett
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Oct 10, 2008

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Although a bit dated in reason for being written (the fall after Columbine), it is an interesting look at a year in the life of a typical public suburban high school. The scary part is that there doesn't seem to be a lot of education happening. The smart kids are pretty much learning on their own. Everyone else — teachers and students — seem to be stuck in a bureaucratic nightmare. Many of the students don't see any real reason to learn and openly defy their teachers and this is the behavior of the good kids. The teachers are defensive about all the regulations the state is imposing. The whole thing is pretty frightening.

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