The Series on Cultural Interchange

Preface to the Series
Titles in the Series
About the Authors

Building School-Family Partnerships in a South Bronx Classroom

David Bensman

Between Home and School: Cultural Interchange in an Elementary Classroom

Kathe Jervis

Cultural Interchange in a Bronx High School: Three Children

Kemly A. McGregor




“It’s the Company Why Crab Don’t Have No Head” — Leo

“If I Don’t Have God, I Don’t Have Nothing in My Life” — Gisela

“I Wanna Have It All” — Benjamin

Leo, Gisela, Benjamin, and Their School


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Reaching Out to Other People’s Children in an Urban Middle School: The Families’ Views

Jianzhong Xu

Grappling with Difference
14-minute video
Cultural Interchange in a Bronx High School: Three Children

Kemly A. McGregor


Fine, M. (1991) Framing Dropouts: Notes on the Politics of an Urban Public High School. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.

Fordham, S. (1996) Blacked Out: Dilemmas of Race, Identity and Success at Capital High. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Kohl, HR. (1994) I Won’t Learn From You: and Other Thoughts on Creative Maladjustment. New York: New Press.

Palmer, PJ. (1998) “Evoking the spirit in public education.” Educational Leadership (56), 4 Dec. 1998/Jan. 1999, 6–11.

Sarason, SB. (1982) The Culture of the School and the Problem of Change (2nd ed). Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.

Sedlak, M., Wheeler, CW., Pullin, DC., and Cusick, PA. (1986) Selling Students Short: Classroom Bargains and Academic Reform in the American High School. New York: Teachers College Press.

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