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Author Starr, Jonathan, 1976- author.

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

Publication Info. New York : Henry Holt & Co., 2016.


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 Ella Johnson Memorial PL Stacks - EJMY-11  373.096 STA    AVAILABLE
Edition First edition.
Description xvi, 250 pages ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
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 talks 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 Committee -- Part Five: Technology -- 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 -- Epilogue.
Summary An American hedge fund manager describes how he founded a unique school in Somaliland and overcame profound cultural differences, broken promises, and threats to his safety to create a school whose students, against all odds, have come to achieve extraordinary success.
Subject Starr, Jonathan, 1976-
Abaarso School of Science & Technology.
Schools -- Somaliland (Secessionist government, 1991- )
Education -- Somaliland (Secessionist government, 1991- )
Somali students -- United States.
Investment advisors -- United States -- Biography.
ISBN 9781250113467 (hardcover)
1250113466 (hardcover)

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