12/15/2006 9:29 AM
This book gives a candid, and at times painful, picture of what life is like in NYC's poorest neighborhood. The people Kozol follows are insightful beyond their years, stronger than you'd imagine, and smart in ways we probably can't understand. By writing this book, Kozol calls for a change in humanity. He asks us to see life from the view of the disadvantaged and perhaps calls on us to step up and try to make a difference. I agree that this should be required reading for high school students, which should be followed up with required experiential learning (volunteering in a soup kitchen, for example), because the more people understand the inequalities in this country, the more likely we are to want to actually change them.