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These KidsIdentity, Agency, and Social Justice at a Last Chance High School$
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Kysa Nygreen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226031422

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226031736.001.0001

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Situating Jackson High: Last Chance High Schools and the Discourse of These Kids

Situating Jackson High: Last Chance High Schools and the Discourse of These Kids

(p.25) CHAPTER ONE Situating Jackson High: Last Chance High Schools and the Discourse of These Kids
These Kids

Kysa Nygreen

University of Chicago Press

This chapter introduces readers to Jackson High and provides an historical perspective by tracing the evolution of California's continuation high school system from its inception in 1919 to the present. First, it shows how continuation high schools developed in the context of increasing educational hierarchization over the past century of education reform. Second, it explores how the concept of a last chance high school was constructed, in tandem with the last chance student, as a particular kind of school serving a particular kind of kid—a defective and inferior adolescent for whom special schooling in a segregated context was needed. This “kind of kid”—the troubled, maladjusted, or at-risk youth—remains a staple of contemporary policy, practitioner, and research discourse on educational failure, and such kids are referred to as these kids.

Keywords:   California, continuation high school system, adolescents, at-risk youths, education policy

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