Hope Against Hope
Three Schools, One City, and the Struggle to Educate America's Children
By Sarah Carr
(Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, Hardcover, 9781608194902, 316pp.)
Publication Date: February 26, 2013
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Aidan is a fresh-faced Harvard grad drawn to New Orleans by the possibility of bringing change to a flood-ravaged city. He teaches at an ambitious charter school with a group of newcomers determined to show the world they can use science, data, and hard work to build a model school.
Mary Laurie is a veteran educator who becomes principal of one of the first public high schools to reopen after Katrina. Laurie and her staff find they must fight each day not only to educate the city's teenagers, but to keep the Walker community safe and whole.
In this powerful narrative non-fiction debut, the lives of these three characters provide readers with a vivid and sobering portrait of education in twenty-first-century America. "Hope Against Hope" works in the same tradition as "Random Family" and "There Are No Children Here" to capture the challenges of growing up and learning in a troubled world.