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School of Dreams Making the Grade at a Top American High School

ISBN-10: 0156030071

ISBN-13: 9780156030076

Edition: 2003

Authors: Edward Humes

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The pressure to succeed in our nation's most competitive public high schools is often crushing. Striving to understand this insular world, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Edward Humes spent a year at California's Whitney High, a school so renowned that parents move across town-and across the world-hoping to enroll their children. That's because schools like Whitney deliver everything parents want: love of learning, a sense of mission, and SAT scores that pave the way to elite universities. Attending such a school, of course, carries its own toll: High-achieving, pressured kids survive on espresso and four hours' sleep a night, falling into despair if they get a B. Lively, personal, and very readable, School of Dreams uncovers what works-and what doesn't-at this model high school, offering parents, students, and teachers some powerful messages about public education today.
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Book details

List price: $30.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 9/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Edward Humes is a veteran journalist, contributing to the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, and has written numerous books including Baby E. R. and the bestselling Mississippi Mud, Mean Justice, and No Matter How Loud I Shout. A graduate of Hampshire College and a Pulitzer Prize winner, he lives in Southern California with his family.

Author's Note
Prologue
Four is the Magic Number: Four Hours Sleep, Four Caffe Lattes, 4.0
Cow Towns and College Boards
Finding the Lucky Pants
Epilogue
Notes
Index