Lights Out at Northern by Perry Munson

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Lights Out at Northern is a chemistry teacher’s diary spanning thirteen years in Detroit Public Schools. He arrives from the west and adapts to a new inner-city reality and records his struggle to be a successful teacher in a failing school. His diary and stories woven into it give the reader vivid insight into the mechanisms of failure in inner-city schools. It is not a scholarly treatise on education, but an account of real people, incompetence, corruption, criminal activity and some successes in a reasonably good school that degenerates to a mere building housing chaos, anger, violence and very little education.

About Perry Munson

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Perry Munson was born in South Dakota in 1945 and grew up on a farm. He attended the University of South Dakota and became a Registered Nurse and served in the Army Nurse Corps during the Viet Nam war. Next he earned a B.A. in Chemistry at USD and spent a career teaching high school science in Germany, Utah, Texas and finally Detroit Public Schools for his last sixteen years. A renaissance man outside the classroom, he is an accomplished skier, sailor, boat builder and mountaineer. He is married and has three grown children and four grandchildren.
Published July 29, 2008 by Xlibris Corporation. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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