Reviews

Reviews

A must-read for teachers, educators, sociologists, and reformers concerned about lost generations of at-risk students in dysfunctional, ineffective urban schools.

Breaking the Cycle gives hope to educators and decision markers, and a model for how to change lives of at-risk students and potential dropouts.

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Jeanne Ballantine

Professor Emerita of Sociology, Wright State University, Dayton, OH, Author of Sociology of Education and Our Social World

Jeanne Ballentine

In Breaking the Cycle Nancy Diggs captures the voices of DECA—students and teachers, school leaders and founders—to tell the story of how an amazing school, against all odds, is preparing inner city students to succeed in college.

This book inspires hope for the future and will serve as a guide to urban educators across the country.

Bob Taft

Governor of Ohio 1999–2007, University of Dayton instructor and DECA volunteer

Bob Taft

For a long time now, researchers have asked ‘what about the schools and classrooms that are doing a great job in the most difficult circumstances?’

This account of the DECA Charter School in Dayton, Ohio, by Nancy Brown Diggs provides one clear answer to that question. Here is the story of a school that has dramatically raised the bar on the meaning of success for high needs urban students. Anyone engaged with urban education needs to read it.

James Fraser

Senior vice president for programs at Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and professor of history and education at New York University, author of Preparing America’s Teachers: A History

James Fraser