A 'must read' for teachers, educators, sociologists, and reformers concerned about lost generations of at-risk students in dysfunctional, ineffective urban schools. Breaking the Cycle gives hope to educators and decision markers, and a model for how to change lives of at-risk students and potential dropouts. Young people who face seemingly insurmountable odds of being successful because of family and neighborhood environments with drugs, violence, single parent families, attitudes toward education, and poor schools are provided with the opportunity to succeed in this model school. “Cuddles, challenges, and cooperation” are keys to all students’ entering college—and completion. Readers will take away rich and moving descriptions of the challenges faced by urban young people, the work of teachers to meet their needs, and a model for structuring creative schools and classes.
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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In Breaking the Cycle Nancy Diggs captures the voices of DECA – students and teachers, school leaders and founders — to tell the story of how an amazing school, against all odds, is preparing inner city students to succeed in college. This book inspires hope for the future and will serve as a guide to urban educators across the country.
For a long time now, researchers have asked ‘what about the schools and classrooms that are doing a great job in the most difficult circumstances?’ This account of the DECA Charter School in Dayton, Ohio by Nancy Brown Diggs provides one clear answer to that question. Here is the story of a school that has dramatically raised the bar on the meaning of success for high needs urban students. Anyone engaged with urban education needs to read it.