for Speaking Out
by Susan Kuklin
Susan Kuklin spent one year with students and staff at the Bayard Rustin High School for the Humanities in New York City, which has a racially, culturally and economically diverse student body, to explore "how kids see themselves and each other." In a school environment that strives to minimize conflict and foster understanding, interviews with individual students and interactions among students of both similar and vastly differing backgrounds reveal that hurt, confusion, anger and hope all abound. In discussions about race, culture, religion, sexuality, physical appearance and many other topics, the students openly reflect upon their own lives and relate their views about themselves and one another. This profile of individuals and a school community is clearly a mirror of the larger world as well. (Age 12 and older)
CCBC Choices 1993. © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1993. Used with permission.
This series of outspoken interviews with students from Bayard Rustin High School for the Humanities in New York City reveals how teens feel about issues such as racial and sexual identity, how they view people from other racial groups, when stereotypes are ever justified, and more. Photos.
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