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These Kids: Identity, Agency, and Social Justice at a Last Chance High School

Kysa Nygreen


Few would deny that getting ahead is a legitimate goal of learning, but the phrase implies a cruel hierarchy: a student does not simply get ahead, but gets ahead of others. This book turns a critical eye on this paradox. Offering the voices and viewpoints of students at a “last chance” high school in California, the book tells the story of students who have, in fact, been left behind. Detailing a youth-led participatory action research project, the book uncovers deep barriers to educational success that are embedded within educational discourse itself. Struggling students internalize descripti ... More

Keywords: learning, educational discourse, high school, educational success, educators, failure, social justice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226031422
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226031736.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kysa Nygreen, author