The Forgotten Room: Inside A Public Alternative School for At-Risk Youth

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This gritty and compelling ethnography examines the darker side of American education through chronicling the course of Peachtree Alternative School's tenth and final year. . It exposes punitive school policy, demonstrates the prison-industrial complex, and reveals school board corruption. In addition, it pinpoints quality teaching of chronically disruptive youth. As ethnographic nonfiction, The Forgotten Room breaks down the walls between social science and literature.

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Mary Hollowell is associate professor of education at Clayton State University and winner of the 2010 Equity & Social Justice Advocate Award from the National Association for Multicultural Education.

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The author gives an almost day- by -day riveting account of her year as a substitute teacher in an alternative school in rural Georgia. We learn how "tough kids" can be treated with respect and given freedom of choice and movement by "creative compassionate, healthy adults who facilitate last-ditch learning," and it is a must-read for those of us who deplore the dehumanizing treatment of students in the rapidly growing alternative school mania. (Connie Curry, author, activist, and fellow at the Department of Women's Studies at Emory University)

'The Forgotten Room' is a must read for those trying to understand why a good future starts in the classroom. (Wisconsin Bookwatch, March 2010)

This book is an attempt to unwrap some of the mystery about alternative schools....The author is in an excellent position to provide insight, not only about the alternative school system but also the educational needs of and services for at-risk youth.... An interesting narrative. (CHOICE, July 2010)

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