University of Oregon professor Michael Copperman recalls his experiences serving with Teach For America in the Mississippi Delta. Copperman’s descriptive prose walks the reader through two years teaching the fourth grade in one of the poorest and most educationally disadvantaged regions in the United States. His language allows the harsh realities of educational inequality, institutional racism, and rampant poverty to reveal themselves, following the stories of students, teachers, administrators, and community members. Copperman sheds light on a continuing struggle that many in the Pacific Northwest may have believed was long over.
–Bonnie, Grass Roots Books & Music, Corvallis, OR