Back Cover: This is the remarkable true account of an innovative and open-minded young teacher's year with a Harlem sixth-grade class. Herbert Kohl's shocking revelations and insightful solutions to the problems of an urban school shook the foundations of education. He was warned that his students were unmanageable and unteachable, and at best he could hope to prevent them from hurting each other. And yet, as he closely observed and listened to his students he discovered they were as concerned as he to make the class work. With the atmosphere of trust that he created, the classroom became a sanctuary that allowed th students to confront the poverty and violence of their everyday lives and discover the possibilities of a world beyond Harlem.