Ghosts in the Schoolyard by Eve Ewing

Eve Ewing has written an absolutely dazzling book—in “Ghosts” she illuminates the core issues underlying urban school failure, welcomes the marginalized to center stage, unlocks the wisdom in the room, amplifies the voices of the people who are so easily talked about but so rarely listened to, and grounds her work in an ethic of love and compassion. Part personal essay, part portrait, part ethnography, part history, “Ghosts” reads like a beautiful (if often angry) love song. There is no other book on schools and school reform like this one—an essential text for the struggles ahead.

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