Another Planet: A Year in the Life of a Suburban High School

Paperback | August 20, 2002

byElinor Burkett

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With a novelist's eye, Elinor Burkett takes readers behind the school system's closed doors, revealing a world of mixed messages, manufactured myths, and political hype.

In the wake of school shootings across the country, one question haunted America: What is going wrong inside our nation's schools? To find out, award-winning journalist Elinor Burkett spent nine months -- from the opening pep rally to graduation day -- in a suburban Minneapolis high school. She attended classes, hung out with students, listened to parents, and joined teachers on the front lines.

She soon discovered that, post-Columbine, fears about loners and misfits, "Smoker's New Year" (a pot holiday), "Zero Tolerance" policies, and school lockdowns have become as much a part of a teen's high school experience as dating and Clearasil. But Burkett goes even deeper and makes some startling conclusions in this poignant exposé of the real problems facing educators, parents, and the children they try to teach.

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With a novelist's eye, Elinor Burkett takes readers behind the school system's closed doors, revealing a world of mixed messages, manufactured myths, and political hype.In the wake of school shootings across the country, one question haunted America: What is going wrong inside our nation's schools? To find out, award-winning journalist...

The author of eight previous books, Elinor Burkett, who holds a doctorate in history, has reported for the Miami Herald, written for many of America's leading magazines, chaired the journalism department at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, and trained reporters in Central Asia and Africa. She divides her time between the Catskill Mo...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:August 20, 2002Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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“A first hand and first rate account of the myriad factors that are alternately paralyzing and pulling apart public schools...This cast of characters amply illustrates the impact of such hot-button issues as zero tolerance, grade inflation, Internet plagiarizing, and the self-esteem movement...[Burkett] penned a valuable and telling contribution to the debate over education reform.” (Amazon.com)