Breaking the Cycle: How Schools Can Overcome Urban Challenges

Breaking the Cycle: How Schools Can Overcome Urban Challenges

by Nancy Brown Diggs

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Breaking the Cycle tells the inspiring story of young people whom many would write off as a lost cause but who, thanks to a remarkable school, are headed for success. We learn about their world from teens like Shawna, the daughter of a crack-addicted mother. Or Andre, the only one in his family not on drugs. Or Daron, kicked out of his home by an abusive father. Challenged by the pernicious factors of their environment—drugs, violence, fatherless homes, and poor educational backgrounds—students at the Dayton Early College Academy are nevertheless beating the odds. All are headed for college, from which the vast majority will graduate.

The book reveals how this school is succeeding when so many fail. It conveys the hopeful message that others can replicate much of what “DECA” does and save a generation mired in despair.

America’s failure to educate its urban children is evidenced by our woeful statistics. If it is possible to turn around this bleak picture—and it is—this is a story well worth telling. And this is what Breaking the Cycle aims to do.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781475806120
Publisher: R&L Education
Publication date: 10/09/2013
Series: New Frontiers in Education
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 168
File size: 361 KB

About the Author

Nancy Brown Diggs’ long interest in other cultures is reflected by her Ph.D. in East Asian Studies, as well as her fluency in French, Spanish, and German. With Breaking the Cycle, the author of Meet the Japanese, Steel Butterflies, Looking Beyond the Mask, Hidden in the Heartland, and, with Tanya Higgins, A Look at Life in Northern Ireland explores a culture closer to home, that of inner-city teens, describing how, with the help of good schools, they, too, can achieve the American dream.

Table of Contents

Part I: Challenges
Chapter 1 - Drugs
Chapter 2 – Violence
Chapter 3 – Single Mothers
Chapter 4 – “Acting White”
Chapter 5 – Inadequate Schools
Part II: Overcoming the Challenges
Chapter 6 – DECA: The Family
Chapter 7 – The Miracle Workers
Chapter 8 – Academics
Chapter 9 – Raising the Bar
Chapter 10 – Bumps in the Road

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