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The Bookshelf: June 23, 2016

In this week's Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlights A School of Our Own.

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A SCHOOL OF OUR OWN: The Story of the First Student-Run High School and a New Vision for American Education

by Samuel Levin and Susan Engel

By the time Levin reached his junior year, like many kids his age, he had resigned himself to having a couple of great classes, a few he hated, and the rest that were boring. He had interests outside of school that helped him get through his days, but what made him angry was how those with nothing beyond the regimented school day were missing out on life. They weren’t being stimulated in school and had no projects or part-time jobs to engage them. So Levin took matters into his own hands and started his own school. With the support of his mother, Engel (Developmental Psychology/Williams Coll.; The Hungry Mind: The Origins of Curiosity in Childhood, 2015, etc.), and other adults in his high school—and after months of planning—Levin created the Independent Project, a student-run school.

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