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


reviewed by Jon N. Hale — 2006

coverTitle: Taught By America: A Story of Struggle and Hope in Compton
Author(s): Sarah Sentilles
Publisher: Beacon Press, Boston
ISBN: 0807032727, Pages: 196, Year: 2005
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In Taught By America: A Story of Struggle and Hope in Compton, Sarah Sentilles introduces readers to personal characters and decisive moments that serve as introductions to broader educational and social issues. Her experience exposes both the severe limitations of public education in areas of high poverty concentration and the unwavering belief in education that still exists among students, parents, and public school educators. Moreover, the author’s unique position (one that scholars rarely work from) and the methods utilized to portray a message of social justice provide content for further discourse on contemporary issues in education. Primarily a collection of narratives, Taught by America centers upon individual students and experiences during the author’s duration in Compton. These narratives collectively illustrate Sentilles’ overarching theme of injustice in education. In the process of narrating her experience, Sentilles exposes the weaknesses and severe limitations in public education. The reader is in this way confronted... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 8, 2006, p. 1560-1563
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12229, Date Accessed: 12/17/2017 4:41:26 PM

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  • Jon Hale
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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    JON N. HALE is a doctoral student in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His specialization is in the history of education and his specific research interests include critical pedagogy, educational reform, and teacher education. His MA thesis examines the historical development of the Mississippi Freedom Schools in 1964. He has presented his research at conferences sponsored by the Southern History of Education Society, Midwestern History of Education Society, and American Educational Studies Association.
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