Materials & Resources
Questions for Discussion:
What do you believe is the greatest value of a college education? Do your beliefs about the significance of a college education differ from those held by the people featured in the book?
On a number of levels, Hope Against Hope operates as a kind of character study, or study of characters, who, on levels both individual and collective, teach us about the human will to survive. How is this idea translated in the experiences of Mary Laurie, Aidan Kelly, and Geraldlynn Stewart?
Cultural diversity is, arguably, the thing that most sets New Orleans apart from other metropolises. How is this diversity reflected in the stories of the three schools that are the focus of Hope Against Hope? What do the challenges faced by these schools reveal about other factors that distinguish the city of New Orleans?
Since 2005, New Orleans has been a hotbed of innovation and experimentation, with public education as a primary target of new ventures, initiatives, and developments. How does Hope Against Hope underscore the need to balance the application of creative solutions to New Orleans’ chronic K-12 public school education problems with the mandates of community engagement and collective visioning?
Additional Resources and Further Reading*:
- "Charter Schools Alter Post-Katrina Landscape" (video) - New Orleans Advocate, August 2014
- "Hope, Resentment in New Charter School Landscape" - Washington Post, August 2014
- "Anger, Frustration as Hundreds of New Orleans Parents Turned Away from Public School Enrollment Center" - Danielle Dreilinger, Times Picayune, New Orleans, July 2014
- "Hold On - New Orleans Isn't All Charters" - Karen Chenoweth, Huffington Post Education, June 2014
- "Charter Experiment in New Orleans a Failure" - J. Celeste Lay, The New Orleans Advocate, June 2014
- "The Education-Reform Movement is Too White To Do Any Good" - Andre M. Perry, Washington Post, June 2014
- New Orleans Rebuilds Education System with Charter Schools (Interview with Sarah Carr) - PBS NewsHour, June 2014
- "In New Orleans, Major School District Closes Traditional Public Schools For Good" - Washington Post, May 2014
- "Public School Students Show Improvement Despite Poverty Rate" - Tulane New Wave, May 2014
- Selected published articles about Sarah Carr and Hope Against Hope
- "New Orleans' Two School Systems Approve Landmark Agreement" - Times Picayune, New Orleans, March 2014
- "What The U.S. Can Learn From Finland, Where School Starts At Age 7" - NPR, March 2014
- "The Student-Led Backlash Against New Orleans' Charter Schools" - Meredith Simons, The Atlantic, February 2014
- "Recovery School District Will Be Country's First All-Charter District in September 2014" - Times-Picayune, New Orleans, December 2013
- "In New Orleans And Nationally, A Growing Number Of Charter Schools Aspire To Be 'Diverse By Design'" by Sarah Carr, WWNO, November 2013
- The Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives at Tulane University
*Articles are shared for discussion purposes and do not necessarily reflect the views of Newcomb-Tulane College.