(FOLLOWING QUOTATIONS FROM BACK COVER)
WHAT PRICE JUSTICE?
A TRUE STORY THE EDUCATION SYSTEM DID NOT WANT TOLD
"Out of many years of sweat and struggle to sustain a Free School in the hostile
atmosphere of Santa Fe, Ed Nagel has composed a beautiful book that will not
leave America unchanged.
...the kids, the classes, the books they read, the crazy, delightful, unexpected
things they said, the legal appeals, the letters to beg cash or sanity (or both) from
those who always had the first but seldom gave much evidence of the second...
It is all here in a single, carefully documented book--one that moves fast,
strikes deep, hits hard, and cannot help but bring a rational reader, first to
the point of joy, and then tears.
National Book Award Winner,
From The Preface, Cheez! Uncle Sam
"I personally don't believe any more in schools for children, even "free" schools.
To people who hate what school is doing to their children, I say, "never mind
trying to change the school, or start a new one; just take the kids out altogether."
I have never seen and could not have imagined a stronger argument for this position
than this book.
...the main point is that this book is the story of a long, brave and resourceful
struggle against an indifferent and often corrupt government which all of us who
care about children may have to wage one day, in one form or another."
--John Holt, Author on Children's Education
CHEEZ! reveals a remarkable approach to education that works, and it works for
children outside traditional classroom settings, under the direct
control of its participants.
CHEEZ! reveals the existence and struggle of a school, organized and operated
by a community of low-income families, who had succeeded over a decade
in providing a rich educational environment individualized for each
child at less than half the cost of public school programs.
CHEEZ! reveals the system's destructive use of unnecessary, unreasonable and
illegal obstacles to undermine the survival and development of
viable educational alternatives outside its domain.
CHEEZ! reveals characters and events that make the story a "Peyton Place" of
education politics in Santa Fe, and a microcosm of government interference
on a national scale.
CHEEZ! reveals a philosophical, social and legal war between the powers that be
and the people who oppose them, in this case successfully.
CHEEZ! is the story of a mouse that roared.
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