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The Resource It takes a school : the extraordinary story of an American school in the world's #1 failed state, Jonathan Starr

It takes a school : the extraordinary story of an American school in the world's #1 failed state, Jonathan Starr

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It takes a school : the extraordinary story of an American school in the world's #1 failed state
Title
It takes a school
Title remainder
the extraordinary story of an American school in the world's #1 failed state
Statement of responsibility
Jonathan Starr
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Jonathan Starr, once a successful hedge fund manager, is not your traditional do-gooder, and in 2009 when he decided to found Abaarso, a secondary school in Somaliland, the choice seemed crazy to even his closest friends. "Why," they wondered, "would he turn down a life of relative luxury to relocate to an armed compound in a breakaway region of the world's number one failed state?" To achieve his mission, Starr would have to overcome profound cultural differences, broken promises, and threats to his safety and that of his staff. This book is the story of how an abstract vision became a transformative reality, as Starr set out to build a school in a place forgotten by the world. It is the story of a skeptical and clan-based society learning to give way to trust. And it's the story of the students themselves, including a boy from a family of nomads who took off on his own in search of an education and a girl who waged a hunger strike in order to convince her strict parents to send her to Abaarso. Abaarso has placed forty graduates and counting in American universities, from Harvard to MIT, and sends Somaliland a clear message: its children can compete with anyone in the world. Now the initial question Starr was asked demands another: "If such a success can happen in an unrecognized breakaway region of Somalia, why can't it happen everywhere?"
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1976-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Starr, Jonathan
Dewey number
373.09677/3
Illustrations
maps
Index
index present
LC call number
LG611
LC item number
.S73 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Abaarso School of Science & Technology
  • Starr, Jonathan
  • Schools
  • Education
  • Somali students
  • Investment advisors
Label
It takes a school : the extraordinary story of an American school in the world's #1 failed state, Jonathan Starr
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part one: Burning my ships. My Somali uncle ; Somaliland roots ; From hedge fund manager to headmaster ; Modern-day nomad ; Results day ; The exam ; The blank sheet of paper -- Part two: Building a school. First trip to Somaliland ; Clans ; Teachers ; The Abaarso condition -- Part three: School culture. Mohamed: a day in the life ; Straight talk and motivation ; Fahima's rocks ; Critical thinking ; Fundamentals ; Integrity ; Suzanne's orphanage ; Selection day -- Part Four: The great miscalculation. The white man speaks Somali ; A complex world ; The village ; Like water through a sieve ; Doing something right ; Money disguised as religion ; Trouble with the boys ; Khadar's rage ; Nothing is easy ; Harry's mad dash ; The Higher Education Commission -- Part Five: Tenacity. Selling success ; No good deed goes unpunished ; A Somali among the elite ; Twenty-seven schools in twenty-five days ; SAT trip ; Deportation ; The full arsenal -- Part Six: Winning the society. Miss Marple ; Religious council ; Vindication ; The cherry on top -- Part Seven: When arms are open. Show me the money ; Our best ambassadors ; The future ; In Harvard Yard
Control code
ocn948336137
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition
Extent
xvi, 250 pages
Isbn
9781250113467
Lccn
2016024867
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o948336137
  • (OCoLC)948336137
Label
It takes a school : the extraordinary story of an American school in the world's #1 failed state, Jonathan Starr
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part one: Burning my ships. My Somali uncle ; Somaliland roots ; From hedge fund manager to headmaster ; Modern-day nomad ; Results day ; The exam ; The blank sheet of paper -- Part two: Building a school. First trip to Somaliland ; Clans ; Teachers ; The Abaarso condition -- Part three: School culture. Mohamed: a day in the life ; Straight talk and motivation ; Fahima's rocks ; Critical thinking ; Fundamentals ; Integrity ; Suzanne's orphanage ; Selection day -- Part Four: The great miscalculation. The white man speaks Somali ; A complex world ; The village ; Like water through a sieve ; Doing something right ; Money disguised as religion ; Trouble with the boys ; Khadar's rage ; Nothing is easy ; Harry's mad dash ; The Higher Education Commission -- Part Five: Tenacity. Selling success ; No good deed goes unpunished ; A Somali among the elite ; Twenty-seven schools in twenty-five days ; SAT trip ; Deportation ; The full arsenal -- Part Six: Winning the society. Miss Marple ; Religious council ; Vindication ; The cherry on top -- Part Seven: When arms are open. Show me the money ; Our best ambassadors ; The future ; In Harvard Yard
Control code
ocn948336137
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition
Extent
xvi, 250 pages
Isbn
9781250113467
Lccn
2016024867
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o948336137
  • (OCoLC)948336137

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