Made in America: Immigrant Students in Our Public Schoolsby Laurie Olsen, Herbert R. Kohl
Made in America is a riveting, firsthand portrait of life at Madison High, a prototypical public high school. Laurie Olsen spent two-and-a-half years in the Madison High community attending classes and interviewing teachers, administrators, students, and parents. Through their stories, we discover the contemporary version of the Americanization of immigrants -- a complex process that ultimately requires them to give up their national identities and mother tongues to be accepted in an academic and social world that then, ironically, denies them full participation. Olsen portrays immigrant students as they are "made in America" and begin to see that to become American is to take their place on the "racial map" of our nation.
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I found this novel to be eye opening in to the struggles that immigrant students endure everyday. Being a white, native-born American girl, I never thought twice about the equality in the schooling system growing up, because I always felt comfortable in my classrooms and I assumed that everyone else did as well. I feel as though no student, regardless of race, religion or culture should every show up to school in fear of being mocked for their lack of English proficiency or their clothing. I also feel as though schools as well as communities need to work harder to embrace diversity and make every culture feel welcomed. It’s our differences that help us grow as a nation and the great thing about America is the freedom and diversity that make up each and every community. If we could realize how beneficial a diverse group of students could be and the insight and perspectives they could offer in the classroom, I think everyone will grow.