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When I was young I loved school : dropping out and hanging in
Sheffield, Anne.
Publication Information:
New York : Children's Express Foundation, [1988]

Physical Description:
213 pages, 3 unnumbered pages ; 28 cm
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Central Library LC146 .W43 1988 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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A characteristic of modern societies is the separation between the experience of generations: the young know the world differently from the way their parents knew it. The children of the drug culture now occupy that position. In this book, the voices of teenagers (interviewed by teenagers) are smart, angry, and defiant. Their stories show young people without adult guidance or care at home and/or in school. Many of these dropouts have been physically abused by their parents. The runaways survive on the street by using whatever limited resources they have; their hopes are as poignant as their situations. Except for a young drug dealer, the narrators offer no particular insights or apologies for their behavior. They are bearing painful witness to the statistics cited in the context-setting introduction. For the young interviewers and editors of the Children's Express news service, the contrast between their own achievements and that of their informants must have been difficult to accept. The contrast shown between the optimism of the elementary school children and the disillusionment of the older children also reflects disappointing educational and family systems. Besides interpolated quotations from various sources, only two adult interviews are included. Statements by a principal and a teacher demonstrate a commitment to educating young people that the dropouts had not encountered. A revealing and saddening document on what education looks like to those whom it has failed. For college, community college, and public libraries. -S. Sugarman, Bennington College

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