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The Children in Room E4 is the compelling story of one student, one classroom, and one indomitable teacher, Ms. Luddy. In the midst of Band-Aid reforms and hotshot superintendents with empty promises, drug dealers and street gangs, Ms. Luddy's star student, Jeremy, and his fellow classmates face tremendous challenges both inside and outside of a school cut off from mainstream America.
Meanwhile, across town, a team of civil rights lawyers fight an intrepid battle to end the de facto segregation that beleaguers Jeremy's school and hundreds of others across America.
From inside the classroom and the courtroom, Eaton reveals the unsettling truths about an education system that leaves millions of children behind and gives voice to those who strive against overwhelming odds for a better future.
Posted April 5, 2008
The idea that we still have segregated schools was very new to me when I read this book, because I've lived in Louisville, KY for all of my life. I wasn't even aware of my city's efforts to increase school integration until I read this book and learned about the horrible effects of concentrated poverty and racial isolation in the city of Hartford. I had always thought that every school was integrated just as the schools I attended were, but the information in The Children of Room E4 made me rethink a lot of 'common sense' notions I had instilled in my mind. Great book, well written, and hard to put down.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.