This chapter examines the remarkable Ramika. It describes her and the school program at Carter High School. It took the first term and well into the second term before she shared some of her troubles with Janet Mayer. She was an average student, which meant at Carter High School and at many city high schools that she passed four or five classes out of six or seven taken each term. It may come as a surprise to the readers to learn that many city teenagers accept the failure of two or three courses per term as the norm. In suburbia, this high failure rate would be a shock as well as a terrible stigma and would warrant a meeting with the student's counselor and parent. Again, this programming problem would never be tolerated in most suburban schools, and yet it occurs over and over again in the city schools.
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