The Labyrinth of Cultural Complexity: Fremont High Teachers, the Small School Policy, and Oakland Inner-City Realities Robert Anderson

ISBN: 9780595470341

Published: February 18th 2008

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336 pages


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The Labyrinth of Cultural Complexity: Fremont High Teachers, the Small School Policy, and Oakland Inner-City Realities  by  Robert        Anderson

The Labyrinth of Cultural Complexity: Fremont High Teachers, the Small School Policy, and Oakland Inner-City Realities by Robert Anderson
February 18th 2008 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 336 pages | ISBN: 9780595470341 | 4.28 Mb

It is shocking to realize that an enormous percentage of American high school students end up as only marginally literate, especially in large cities. The future well-being of the nation is in jeopardy. Public policy is in trouble. City, state andMoreIt is shocking to realize that an enormous percentage of American high school students end up as only marginally literate, especially in large cities.

The future well-being of the nation is in jeopardy. Public policy is in trouble. City, state and federal policies have legislated mandatory testing, dominated by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Additionally, a small school policy, implemented nationally in many localities, requires that large comprehensive high schools be replaced by small schools in which teachers would, family like, work intimately with students and their parents to ensure that every graduate will qualify for college entrance. To evaluate these well-intended public policies I offer an in-depth ethnographic case study enriched by historical documentation and cultural analysis.Fremont High School is located in Oakland, California, just 10 minutes by car from the Mills College campus where I teach, but its inner-city realities are as distant as the barren surface of the moon.

Immersed in the school for five years as a volunteer, and with the collaboration of Mills students every semester, I describe a deeply flawed and intensely frustrating process of policy design and implementation that repeatedly exhausted and demoralized Fremont teachers trapped in unintended Catch-22 scenarios.



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