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Synopsis: Made in America is a riveting, firsthand portrait of life at Madison High, a prototypical public high school. Laurie Olsen spent two-and-a-half years in the Madison High community attending classes and interviewing teachers, administrators, students, and parents. Through their stories, we discover the contemporary version of the Americanization of immigrants -- a complex process that ultimately requires them to give up their national identities and mother tongues to be accepted in an academic and social world that then, ironically, denies them full participation. Olsen portrays immigrant students as they are "made in America" and begin to see that to become American is to take their place on the "racial map" of our nation.

Review: Made in America by Laurie Olsen, codirector of California Tomorrow, a nonprofit advocacy group for school reform, is a well-written study of life at a California high school. More than 20 percent of the students at this school were born in another country, and more than one-third speak limited English or come from non-English speaking homes. Olsen's portrayal of the kids and the struggles over policy between and within the faculty and administration is both moving and damning. Any parent or educator concerned with public education in the United States should read this important book; it offers an unretouched portrait of America.

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