Dangerous Minds

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Macmillan, Sep 15, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 278 pages
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She bullied, bluffed, and bribed her students into caring about school.

And if that didn't work, the pretty, petite ex-marine told them she'd been trained to kill with her bare hands.

They were called the class from Hell-thirty-four inner city sophomores she inherited from a teacher who'd been "pushed over the edge." She was told "those kids have tasted blood. They're dangerous."

But LouAnne Johnson had a different idea. Where the school system saw thirty-four unreachable kids, she saw young men and women with intelligence and dreams. When others gave up on them, she broke the rules to give them the best things a teacher can give-hope and belief in themselves. When statistics showed the chances were they'd never graduate, she fought to beat the odds.

This is her remarkable story-and theirs.

If you loved Stand and Deliver, you'll stand up and cheer for LouAnne Johnson and Dangerous Minds.


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User Review  - Nicole - Goodreads

I actually liked this book and didn't find myself feeling aggravated and on the defense. Would I push as far as Johnson did to reach certain students? In this delicately balanced world of this pc and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Elena - Goodreads

Four starts for no other reason but the fact that a teacher who cares and goes above and beyond for her students has all my respect. Obviously in the book I got to know the characters from the movie better. Read full review


Title Page
TWO Okie Dokie Artichokie
THREE Fire in My Heart
FOUR George Shouldnt of Shot His Homeboy
FIVE Mrs West You Have a Lovely Daughter
SEVEN Lets Talk by Yours Truly
EIGHT If Your Only Tool Is a Hammer
TEN Junior Advani
TWELVE One Hug or Two?
FOURTEEN No Problema
FIFTEEN Play It Again William
SEVENTEEN The Silent Student
NINETEEN Good Morning Mr Chacon
TWENTYONE To Be or Not to

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About the author (1995)

LouAnne Johnson, a former Marine, teaches high school in California. Her first book, Making Waves, was about her experiences in the service.

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