Be Honest: And Other Advice from Students Across the Country

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Nínive Clements Calegari, Nínive Calegari, Mariama Lockington, Laura McKinney
The New Press, 2011 - Education - 246 pages
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Be Honest is the newest innovative publishing project from 826 National, the tutoring center founded by bestselling author Dave Eggers, now with branches in eight cities nationwide. Eggers’s co-founder N nive Calegari, the former CEO of 826 National and a co-author of the bestselling Teachers Have It Easy, presents a riveting book full of surprising insights from young people who have a lot to say to their teachers.

Be Honest presents the first-person stories of dozens of high school students from every ethnic group and financial bracket: a girl from an immigrant family is put in an ESL class even though her English is fluent; an African American boy talks about the social pressures that prevent him from asking his teacher for help; and a privileged private school student describes his transition to public school--and reports that he was able to learn more with the increased freedom it brought.

Through these personal narratives, teachers and activists will learn an invaluable lesson: what the classroom looks like from the other side of the desk.
 

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Contents

Letters to Educators
1
Vignettes Inspired by Sherman Alexie
65
3 Going for Broke
137
Essays Explaining What Schools Would Look Like if These Students Ran Them
155
5 Tomorrows Leaders Speeches in the Voices of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan President Barack Obama or the Students Themselves
207
I Didnt Know You Talked Like That
232
Some Suggestions for Making Classroom Publishing Projects Work
235
About the Editors
237
About 826 National
238
Acknowledgments
244
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N nive Calegari is the co-founder of 826 Valencia, and the former CEO of 826 National. She is a co-author (with Daniel Moulthrop and Dave Eggers) of Teachers Have It Easy. She lives in San Francisco.

Neko Case is an American singer-songwriter. Her album Middle Cyclone was released in March 2009. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.


826 National is a nonprofit tutoring, writing, and publishing organization with locations in Ann Arbor, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. It is the recipient of a 2010 Jim Henson Community Honor Award and a 2010 Innovations in Reading Prize from the National Book Foundation.

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