Marion—A Rare Gem

Janet Grossbach Mayer

in As Bad as They Say?

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780823234165
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240814 | DOI:
Marion—A Rare Gem

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Marion came to class every day, usually early. She sat down in front, and began to work on her individualized reading assignments. As the weeks passed, she proved herself to be a rare gem. She was highly motivated and bright and eager to improve. In her introductory writing sample, she revealed that she was an only child, living with her parents and her grandmother. They had come from a Central American republic and spoke little or no English at home. Marion was learning English as a second language. This chapter states that the senior year in high school in New York City is probably the most stressful for even the most confident teenager. Until the 1990s, a variety of diplomas were offered in New York City. The regents diploma was given in recognition of the highest achievement, and a general diploma was granted for meeting all requirements for a diploma, but on a more average level.

Keywords: Marion; Central American republic; English; second language; high school; New York City; regents diploma; teenager

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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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