Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Off to Class

Off to Class: Incredible and Unusual Schools Around the World Susan Hughes

In this brightly-colored, photographic-heavy book, Hughes introduces readers to a variety of schools around the world. These schools were all built or created to fulfill a need that traditional schools didn’t, or couldn’t, fill. We see UNICEF tent schools in earthquake-ravaged Haiti, a classroom on a bus that travels around Mumbai to teach kids who can’t register for school because they lack an address, tour a building designed for students with disabilities (no corners!), and meet a student who lives in New Caledonia but still goes to school in Canada online.

I loved the glimpse into different schools around the world and found many of the solutions to heartbreaking problems to be very uplifting. I liked meeting the students. My only complaint is that it was too short! Each school gets a page spread and I really wanted to learn MORE about many of the schools covered. Which, in the end, is a good complaint to have.

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