WHAT PRICE JUSTICE?
A TRUE STORY THE EDUCATION SYSTEM DID NOT WANT TOLD
"Out of many years of sweat and struggle to sustain a Free School in the hostile atmosphere of Santa Fe, Ed Nagel has composed a beautiful book that will not leave America unchanged. ...the kids, the classes, the books they read, the crazy, delightful, unexpected things they said, the legal appeals, the letters to beg cash or sanity (or both) from those who always had the first but seldom gave much evidence of the second...
"I personally don't believe any more in schools for children, even "free" schools. To people who hate what school is doing to their children, I say, "never mind trying to change the school, or start a new one; just take the kids out altogether." I have never seen and could not have imagined a stronger argument for this position than this book. ...the main point is that this book is the story of a long, brave and resourceful struggle against an indifferent and often corrupt government which all of us who care about children may have to wage one day, in one form or another."
CHEEZ! reveals a remarkable approach to education that works, and it works for children outside traditional classroom settings, under the direct control of its participants. CHEEZ! reveals the existence and struggle of a school, organized and operated by a community of low-income families, who had succeeded over a decade in providing a rich educational environment individualized for each child at less than half the cost of public school programs. CHEEZ! reveals the system's destructive use of unnecessary, unreasonable and illegal obstacles to undermine the survival and development of viable educational alternatives outside its domain. CHEEZ! reveals characters and events that make the story a "Peyton Place" of education politics in Santa Fe, and a microcosm of government interference on a national scale. CHEEZ! reveals a philosophical, social and legal war between the powers that be and the people who oppose them, in this case successfully. CHEEZ! is the story of a mouse that roared.