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Karl Alexander Long Shadow Karl Alexander: The Long Shadow
Book Discussion

Hear SOE Professor Karl Alexander discuss his book "The Long Shadow" that traces the lives of 800 children who grew up in west Baltimore and went to neighborhood schools. The book was written by Alexander, the late Doris Entwisle, a research professor and Linda Olsen, an associate research professor. As one reviewer said, “ This is an essential book for all who care about children’s education.” The book reveals a much-needed examination of who succeeds and why.

JHU Hub interviews Karl Alexander on The Long Shadow”:
“The researchers interviewed their subjects almost every year while they were in school and every few years after they became adults. Early on, the participants could usually be found in school or at home. But as they aged, some of them began to land in prison. So Alexander, Entwisle, and their colleagues followed them there.” See complete JHU Hub story.

What others are saying about the “Long Shadow :

“The Long Shadow profoundly challenges our understanding of schooling in the lives of disadvantaged children. This is an essential book for all who care about children’s education.”

Glen Elder, Jr. | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The stories (and data) about their lives tell us much about what it's like to grow up poor in urban American — and what it takes to escape those odds.”

The Washington Post