Hope Against Hope:
Three Schools, One City, and the Struggle to Educate America's Children
by Sarah Carr
$27.00 List Price
Hope Against Hope takes place in a New Orleans ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, but even more prominent in journalist Sarah Carr’s story is a highly unnatural disaster: American poverty. The daily lives of many New Orleans schoolchildren, before and after Katrina, amount to an ongoing state of emergency, one that can make the stable, orderly enterprise of learning close to impossible. Kids must get up at 5AM so mothers can get to low-wage jobs. Teens get shot, or watch their friends die.
Carr’s book takes an intimate look at the real people—students, principals, teachers—affected by “school reform,” a slippery term that in the storm-ravaged polity of New Orleans means privatization, a weakening of teachers’ unions and elected school boards, and an increasing dependence on testing data. The phrase also
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