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Taught by America: A Story of Struggle and Hope in Compton
     

Taught by America: A Story of Struggle and Hope in Compton

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by Sarah Sentilles
 

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After graduating from Yale University, Sarah Sentilles joined Teach for America and was assigned to a rundown elementary school in Compton, California. Through moving portraits of inspiring children, Sentilles relates a heartbreaking journey, as she learns about a failing school system, the true meaning of poverty in America, and the strength children exhibit when

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After graduating from Yale University, Sarah Sentilles joined Teach for America and was assigned to a rundown elementary school in Compton, California. Through moving portraits of inspiring children, Sentilles relates a heartbreaking journey, as she learns about a failing school system, the true meaning of poverty in America, and the strength children exhibit when they're just struggling to survive. Beautifully written, charged with love and indignation, Taught by America is a powerful tribute to the young lives Sentilles witnessed.

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Library Journal
Sentilles, a graduate of Yale and the Harvard Divinity School, here recalls her experiences in the Teach for America program in Compton, a city in South Los Angeles county. Initially, Sentilles envisioned this time as a two-year break between her undergraduate degree and her graduate study in literature. However, her experiences with some of America's poorest children moved her to change her plans and study for the ministry instead. Sentilles gives a stirring description of working in one of our poorest school systems, which suffers from overcrowding (with nearly 40 students to a classroom) and an absence of resources (her students didn't even have books). As she tells her story, she portrays children who have the strength to overcome adversities that would have stopped even the most undaunted adult. Through her experiences, we get a glimpse of schools that are failing our children, of the real extent of poverty in the richest country in the world, and of how even in seemingly crushing circumstances, children can find small victories. This profoundly moving book is recommended for academic and public libraries.-Mark Bay, Cumberland Coll. Lib., Williamsburg, KY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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This is a poignant, touching memoir from a natural-born teacher. The education of Sarah Sentilles is something we can all learn from.—Geoffrey Canada, author of Fist, Stick, Knife, Gun and president of Harlem Children's Zone, Inc.

"Sentilles gives a stirring description of working in one of our poorest school systems . . . [A] profoundly moving book."
-Library Journal(starred review)

"Hauntingly eloquent, this memoir raises chilling questions about race, social privilege, failing schools, and the loss of innocence. Sentilles's reflections on her students, their families, and the education they (don't) receive stays with you long after her story ends. This is a wakeup call that we as a nation cannot afford to ignore."—Janie Victoria Ward, author of The Skin We're In

"A stirring account of tragedy and transformation in American public education. Taught by America captures the way one relentless woman confronts her own privilege, suggests the impact Teach for America has on schools struggling with the effects of poverty, and finally, most poignantly, illustrates how Sentilles's students reveal her own search for justice as a kind of faith."—Michael Johnston, author of In the Deep Heart's Core

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807097205
Publisher:
Beacon Press
Publication date:
08/01/2005
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
257 KB

Meet the Author

Sarah Sentilles graduated from Yale University in 1995 and earned her master's in 2001 from Harvard Divinity School. She is currently working on her doctorate in theology. Sentilles lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This is her first book.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Taught by America: A Story of Struggle and Hope in Compton 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An awakening from a privileged sleep to the injustices of our public school systems. Truly guilt-inducing in the most necessary way.