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9780807032725 / 0807032727

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

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Publisher:Beacon Press

Edition:Hardcover

Language:English

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About the book:

After graduating from Yale University, Sarah Sentilles joined the Teach for America program and began a two-year assignment as an elementary school teacher in Compton, California. Far from the hallowed halls of academe and the suburban streets where she grew up, in charge of thirty-six first graders in a classroom without books, Sentilles experienced her own kind of education. Taught by America is the story of the children Sentilles taughtóbut more than that, its a story of one womans change of heart and life.

Through moving portraits of inspiring children, Sentilles takes the reader with her on her heartbreaking journey, as she learns about a failing school system, the true meaning of poverty in America, and the strength children exhibit even when theyre struggling to survive. Sentilles originally joined Teach for America as a break between undergraduate and graduate school. What she didnt expect was that the children of Compton would change her utterly: instead of going on to graduate school in literature, she decided to study for the ministry.

Beautifully written, charged with love and indignation, Taught by America is a powerful tribute to the young lives Sentilles witnessed. She was transformed by what she saw in Compton; Taught by America will transform her readers as well.

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