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T4CW 11.2.09: Dave Marcus on an Educational Rite of Passage
The Teachers spoke with Dave Marcus, about the process known as College Admissions, which generally misses the mark as a rite of passage, which it should be. Rather than SAT tutorials, teens should be finding themselves and self reflecting on the process of what it means to become an adult. Dave talks about what we can do differently for our students on the verge of adulthood. 53:11 mono MP3
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Dave Marcus is author of "What It Takes to Pull Me Through" and "Acceptance." The bio that follows comes from his website, http://www.davemarcus.com
"Dave Marcus as been a newspaper and newsmagazine reporter, a high school teacher and a writing instructor at a business school. In between, he wrote two highly-praised nonfiction books.
"Marcus is a reporter for Newsday, the Long Island newspaper. In two decades as a staff member of the Boston Globe, Dallas Morning News, Miami Herald and US News & World Report, Marcus was a columnist, roving national reporter and foreign correspondent.
"He covered everything from wars and coups to immigration and terrorism in nearly fifty countries. He wrote about the breakup of the Soviet Union, the US military invasion of Panama, the 1991 Gulf War, the return of Hong Kong to China and the deadly anti-narcotics campaign in Colombia. He also documented civil wars in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Angola and Soviet Georgia, and political upheaval in Haiti, Peru and Tajikistan.
"Marcus spent three years researching and writing a nonfiction book: Acceptance: A Legendary Guidance Counselor Helps Seven Kids Find the Right College – and Find Themselves (Penguin Press, 2009). The book is intended for high school students as well as adults.
"Before that, Marcus wrote What It Takes To Pull Me Through: Why Teenagers Get in Trouble and How Four Got Out. Published by Houghton Mifflin, it recounts the true story of a group of teenagers who did drugs or drank, ran away from home or quietly suffered depression.
"To research his first book, Marcus camped out with the students, joined them in group therapy and watched them in the rain forest of Costa Rica as they did volunteer service.
"While finishing the book, Marcus spent a year teaching high school as the Wilson Visiting Fellow at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts. He also taught at Ithaca College and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
"Marcus shared the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for a series about violence against women around the world.