Another Planet by Elinor Burkett
A Year in the Life of a Suburban High School

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An inside account of the state of education in America, from an award-winning journalist who spent a year attending a Minnesota public high school.

In the wake of the disaster at Columbine, one question haunted America: What's going on in our suburban high schools? Award-winning journalist Elinor Burkett went back to school in suburban Minneapolis to find out.

For nine months -- from the opening pep rally through graduation -- she attended classes, hung out with students, sat in on teacher gripe sessions, and interviewed both parents and administrators. With a novelist's eye, she takes readers behind closed doors, revealing a world of mixed messages, manufactured myths, and political hype.

Another Planet offers an insider's view of the lives of suburban teenagers, the plight of the nation's teachers, and the state of American education.


About Elinor Burkett

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Elinor Burkett has worked as a newspaper reporter, university professor, and magazine writer. A Pulitzer Prize—nominated journalist and the author of eight previous books, she divides her time between the Catskill Mountains of New York and Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
Published October 2, 2001 by Harper. 336 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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The strange world of the American suburban high school, an incubator in which it is a marvel that any graduates hatch, snappily chronicled by Miami Herald journalist Burkett (The Right Women, 1998, etc.).

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In the wake of Columbine, journalist Burkett (The Baby Boon) attempts to plumb the mysteries of suburban high school by spending the 1999–2000 school year at Prior Lake High School in Prior Lake, Minn., near Minneapolis.

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In Elinor Burkett's study of an American high school she bemoans many things, but her central complaint is that the kids of Prior Lake High lack motivation.

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