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In every high school the term moral life means something different In the study The World We Created at Hamilton High by Gerald Grant Grant states that moral life means the personal and public values the community both local and national wishes the school to instill in the students Throughout the book he tells how the Board of Education makes changes in the school and community to give it better values even if the students and teachers are not happy A similar book that describes how a high school works is South of Heaven by Thomas French French describes how moral life existed at Largo High by telling about the students lives and how they handle the changes of the school These two books take place at two different time periods The World We Created at Hamilton High takes place around the 1960s and South of Heaven takes place at the end of the twentieth century but they are similar in the way that the authors showed what it was like to be in high school Moral life at Hamilton High was very hard on the students and teachers New programs were added such as the desegregation process the mainstreaming experience and the ESL program Most of the teachers hated these new programs and felt it was very difficult to teach with a variety of different students in their classrooms who were at different levels In South of Heaven the school Largo High was basically just the opposite This school was divided into two different sections In the basement of the school they had the Pod where students who were having a lot of difficulty in their classes or who were skipping classes all together and very close to dropping out This was called the GOALS program and was designed to keep kids in school by placing them in smaller classes with more attention from teachers The rest of the school was for students
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